Bold Blooms, Brights, Stripes and Other Seasonal Themes

Summer's on our panel of experts

Photography: Jacques Weyers 

Summer’s here and Superbalist has you covered with more fashion to choose from and effortlessly on top of the seasonal trends. From early spring all the way into high summer the styles motifs is a mixed bag of moods, from French riviera-inspired style, large florals, summery stripes, bold brights, elevated earthy tones and polka dots. To help us help you make just the right picks, we put together a fashion panel of experts and asked them to let us in on their approach to these trends, read on to see what they had to say.

Sithasolwazi Kentane

Reverberating with an expressive and politically inclined generation, powerful brights and warm tones are the colour picks for the season. Rusty earth tones, mustards, fruity orange tones, primary red, bright yellow, sea blue and anything that would have been a key component of your art class colour palette is hue du jour this summer. So, do go for top-to-toe colour matching or make unexpected clashes.

Sithasolwazi says: "We’ve evolved into bigger, bolder and better things since the onset of colour blocking; que: Crayola hues. Nothing says “sunshine and roses straight out of summer” like primary tones. At SS18, coloured leather dominated the runway at shows like Calvin Klein and Mary Katrantzou, who effortlessly played with fabrication. When looking at the psychology of colours, brights like mustard and yellow are said to invoke emotions of creativity, which would be fitting as Summer is the time to be whoever you want to be! So be just that."

the new neutrals
Mira Leibowitz

SS19 runway offerings took a romantic turn with all things retro and 80s style polka dots came through in a major way. Dolce & Gabbana showed us daring spots, Max Mara gave us sophisticated black and brown dots and so did Escada.

Mira says: "This season, we've seen this trend pop up in so many different shapes and forms, and I love that! Having lots options always means that everyone's taste is catered to. You can pull off elegance inspired by Holly Willoughby in Pretty Woman at the polo or the type of casual playfulness you can take to a food market."

polka dots
Noxolo Mafu

Providing freshness for both casual and formal looks, stripes have a nautical feel in highlights of blues and preppy reds with a tendency towards linen fabrications this spring/ summer. With slight variations in yarn texture and stripe scale, they are a go-to staple that can be playful and chic.

Noxolo says: "Stripes are a timeless summer essential that can shift any outfit into a whimsical, yet stylish summer mood – which I love. A winning pick whether you go for a dress, pair a striped tee with a pair of denim shorts and block heels for a boozy brunch or you switch it up with a white shirt and striped culotte pants for a more elegant finish. The options are endless. I do love a red and white stripe combo with a red lippy: an entire summer mood!"

summer stripes
Crystal Birch

A tried and true motif for the sunny season, it’s all about big, bold blooms this time. It’s all about exploring your style through bold blooms in “riviera resort” style wrap dresses, tops, plunging necklines: play the flower power up on full blast.

Crystal says: "Although, I don’t easily gravitate towards florals personally, I appreciate the drama you can create with them if you get creative enough. My kind of floral style would be like a bouquet in Andreas Kronthalers arms next to Vivienne Westwood at the end of a show. Be the flower you would like to see blooming this summer!"

summer florals
Chris Viljoen

In the same way that the full colour burst is having a moment, the muted tones we know and love are taking on an elevated look. Coming into a more fashion-forward status, earthy colours are no longer reserved for basics as in the past, they strike balance between tailored pieces with fluid silhouettes, re-introducing themselves as more premium options.

Chris says: "Pay attention to details like soft fabrication, tailoring and find the statement in gentle tones. Option them for the beginning of spring as an alternative to whites: a palette cleanser of sorts."

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