Clearly, local designers are ready for a holiday: all the best collections tied into ideas about relaxation. Wanna throw a party? There are plenty of sparkly things to wear. Looking to lounge around your neighbourhood? Trackpants and a hoodie have never been more stylish. Silhouettes are loose and fabrics soft, making comfort king – these are the top AW18 trends.
This is not just any party. If circumstances don’t make it a night to remember forever, these statement pieces certainly will. Designers were rave-ready, going completely OTT with loud colour, print and sparkle. The man brave enough for these pieces is clearly also comfortable with showing some skin.
From left: Nao Serati, Nao Serati, Maxivive, Maxivive, Tokyo James, Tokyo James, Nao Serati
Knitwear softens up this season. Sweaters are soft to the touch and light as air – no more chunky cable knit situations. Simplicity is key, and the colour palette ranges from grey to light pastels with the occasional pop of blue.
From left: Maxivive, ALC Man, Chulaap, Chulaap, Unknown Union, Sol Sol, Sol Sol, Unknown Union, Unknown Union, Sol Sol
AW18’s biggest print story is the square. Check, tartan, or otherwise, the square is a simple way to make a bold yet classic statement. Pair it with a solid colour or layer it square-on-square – there are a million ways to make this trend your own.
Clockwise from top left: ALC Man, ALC Man, ALC Man, Rosey & Vittori, Chulaap, Tokyo James, Unknown Union, Good Good Good, 2Bop, 2Bop, Chulaap
New-season jackets are a strong departure from the rounded corners of your usual puffer. Shirts and jackets have fused to create a much sharper, seemingly more formal piece – because the fit remains loose and the vibe relaxed. It also comes in a wide range of visual interpretations from print to loud colour to classic black and navy. Take your pick.
From left: Augustine, Terrence Bray, Chulaap, 2Bop, Sol Sol, 2Bop, Good Good Good, Tokyo James, Unknown Union
Elongation is the name of the game. Shirts extended far below the waistline, coats draped down to the knees, and so did sweaters. There’s a relaxed whimsy to the look, modernised with streetwear elements like a sneaker or bucket hat.
From left: Chulaap, Augustine, Terrence Bray, ALC Man, Sol Sol, ALC Man, Chulaap, Unknown Union, Chulaap
Call it leisurewear – we’re calling it comfortwear. It includes anything from a hoodie and matching sweatpants to a pyjama suit or variations on those. Good Good Good took things to the next level with a bright red robe – bag full of pineapples optional.
From left: Nao Serati, Maxivive, ALC Man, 2Bop, Good Good Good
If, after all of the above, you’re still missing that feeling of stylish relaxation, try wrapping yourself in a blanket. The look is cosy, a bit dazed, and decidedly extra. If you’re styling up a look like this and you’re feeling unsure, here’s our best piece of advice: follow your instincts – make it fashion.
From left: ALC Man, ALC Man, Chulaap
Design / Jano Strydom // Images / SDR