Leigh Crymble
2 minute read
15 Jan 2015
12:00 pm

The Lo Down: Local trends forecast for 2015

Leigh Crymble

Hand-crafted accessories; sheer fabrics; comfortable shoes – these are the three main fashion trends set to dominate South Africa in the coming months.

Alan Foley and Krishen Samuel. Picture: Supplied.

We sat down with style experts Alan Foley and Krishen Samuel to find out what’s in store for 2015.

1970 inspiration – a focus on craftwork

“2015 will showcase a throwback to seventies-inspired fashion,” begins Foley.

“We will see typical seventies fashion with a twist: high-waisted pants and skirts, more flair in the leg of pants, and roomy denims.”

Samuel adds: “This will influence the hair, too, which will be much wilder, while make-up will be more natural: a barely-there look with dewy skin.”

Top tips: Embrace leather, suede, and embellished denim. Also stock up on hand-crafted elements, including tassels, beading, and knitted wear.


Transparency – the year for sheer

According to the fashion duo, 2015 is the year for sheer fabrics, “which glide effortlessly over the body”, says Foley.

“We thought the trend of see-through clothing might be too risqué for the largely conservative South African market,” says Samuel, “but two local celebs recently arrived at the Channel O awards in full-length sheer gowns and received rave reviews.”

Top tips: Opt for sheer overlays or tastefully revealing outfits in white – a major colour for 2015.


Practicality – comfort is paramount

Functionality is going to become the buzz word for 2015: clothing will be practical and comfortable without sacrificing style, predict Foley and Samuel.

“The deconstructed look will be prominent: soft trench coats, more flowing fabric, kimono-style coats, oversized clothing with strong Asian elements – particularly for fashion-forward men,” stresses Foley.

Top tips: In terms of footwear, prioritise comfort above all else: sandals and sliders will be even more popular, and there will be an increased presence of sporty footwear.


To find out more about what’s hot or not in the fashion world this year, follow the style duo on Twitter @alankrishen

Leigh is a weekly beauty and fashion columnist. For more tips and information on beauty and fashion trends, follow her on Twitter @Le1ghLo