Styling a subtle statement

SAMW street-style inspiration to round off your winter looks

 Words: Daniël Geldenhuys | Photographs: Half & Halve

If there’s ever a place to make a sartorial statement, it’s fashion week. But what do you get when you combine a love for the laid-back with a yearning for simplicity to the fashion crowd’s knack for theatrics? It’s a smoother statement, often in monotone or involving the throw-on-and-go ease of a (now officially genderless) suit. It could be a tracksuit, too. The SA Menswear Week street-style crowd prove you don’t have to sacrifice comfort in the name of slick statement-making style.


Sabelo Khanyile is serving utilitarian streetwear at its best: tough and laid-back with an unexpected punch of colour.


Proportion play is a worthy game when the winner looks like Paige Martins.


Why not take today’s hankering for generous cuts and relaxed silhouettes to a futuristic place? Owethu Mentoor is here to transport us.


Never underestimate the power of a classic all-black look. Adrian Jonathan's footnote, a sporty pair of New Balance sneakers, is the perfect offset. 


Superbalist’s own Asemahle Ngubelanga rules the animal kingdom in a monotone moment that’s anything but primal.


Amber-Rose Hennings resurrects her father’s suit from the 80s with a casual tee and of-the-moment accessories.


What is it about Liam Smart’s tracksuit that looks so put together? The polo neck adds sophistication and you can tell he’s not trying too hard, because he doesn’t need to.


The sharp clean-cut lines of Jeremy Pelser’s simple separates, hovering atop lovingly worn sneakers, deliver stealth modernity.


Zané Samuels' agenda is simple and effective: layer upon layer of grey, in a way that stokes femininity in contrast to the pieces’ masculine cuts.


Keanon Fell steps into menswear’s new frontier, blurring the lines between streetwear casual and tailored formal.


Master of the two-tone aesthetic, Mziyanda Malgas carries humour — the Balenciaga-connoting IKEA bag — with style.


Suits are at their best worn with Asive Ngqaza’s slouchy, sporty attitude.


Between runway outings, model Chadlee van Wyk wraps what is essentially a dad ensemble in a bold green coat, re-energising the look.


In the search for casual glamour, look no further than Lebone Sebolai’s show-stopping play on texture and proportion. She builds a gritty opulence, immaculate in its context.

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