Top Trends From AFI Fashion Week

Images sourced from: AFI, Simon Deiner / SDR Photo.

The wave of fashion week season has set in and this past weekend, African Fashion International Week marked the great launch of fashion month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The first night was a prestigious event with the Africa Unites show featuring some of the continents jewels of fashion. Following that was David Tlale’s show, Joyce attributed to his late mother.

The second night was filled with as much excitement as the event opened up to the public. On night two crowds littered with influencers, fashion enthusiasts and media personalities were treated to showcases from seven fashion houses.  

On the final night, the audience was treated to a 10 set showcase of African fashion. Overall, it was a spectacular weekend.

Here is a round up of some of runway trends to pay close attention to, this season and in those to come.


Beads, delicate feathers and even the plastic many of us are growing to hate were some of the details not only seen but used to create a range of ‘want too touch’ textures.

Mini Rounds of Bags

Circular delights, half moon clutches and mini cases were standout accessories on the catwalk of the Sandton Convention Centre.

Leather Weather

Whether you like it genuine or faux, you’ll be happy to know that a strong streak of leather was present on the runways this past weekend. Corsets, belts and exaggerated sleeves all created with smooth finishes.

Half and Half

This season, many designers we’re giving symmetry the cold shoulder and opting for asymmetrical details and mis-matched shoulder games.

Take a Bow

Pretty bows, large bows, and manually tied bows were a customary touch to some of the best runway looks.

On The Loose

Fitted silhouettes were outnumbered this year by A-line structures and flowing frocks.


Tailored, masculine-cut suits were a popular both on and off the runway. Gauzy skirts and blouses flowed through both the men’s and women’s collections.

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