Chulaap (Picture: Kim vanZyl / Photographix)

The latest menswear trends were on show at the Spring and Summer edition of Africa’s only menswear focused fashion platform.

 SA Menswear Week (#SAMW) was held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront. 

Over 20 South African designers as well as invited designers from across the continent, both emerging and established were given the platform to showcase their latest collections. A few trends from the runway included pairing clashing prints, beautifully crafted accessories and transparent materials. 

Here are a few trends that caught my eye and the designers who presented them:

1.THROWAWAY TWENTY -  It’s evident by their collection that the Throwaway Twenty team have a love for graphic design and fine art. The quirky yellow rubber duck printed jumpsuit was one of my favourites. I adored this playful touch they bring to menswear. 

Throwaway Twenty. (Picture: Larry English Photography)
Throwaway Twenty. (Picture: Larry English Photography)

2. CHULAAP - Known for his colourful prints and intricate designs this collection was no different to his previous ones. Each piece a stand-alone work of art. My favourite being the high waist pants paired with a bomber jacket. It wasn't the design attracted me as much as the beautifully embroidered fabric. We have to thank Chu for allowing us the opportunity to get a closer look at the garments by having the models remain on the runway after the show.

Chulaap (Picture: Kim van Zyl / Photographix)
Chulaap (Picture: Kim van Zyl / Photographix)

3. ALC MAN - This collection screams summer. The unisex kimonos are a must-have item in any wardrobe. The attention to detail and flowing fabrics gives the collection a breezy summer’s day feel. 

ALC Man unisex kimono. (Picture: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo)
ALC Man unisex kimono. (Picture: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo)

4.TOKYO JAMES - It’s no surprise that the Tokyo James show, entitled “An Alien In Africa” closed this year’s SA Menswear. The most anticipated show didn't disappoint. With pieces combining strong structural designs in sorbet tones with the occasional hints of metal and animal prints kept us on the edge of our seats until the last all-black pieces came down the runways. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the snakeskin bags with tassel details

Tokyo James. (All rights reserved, Simon Deiner / Group of creatives, Nic Santrucek)
Tokyo James. (All rights reserved, Simon Deiner / Group of creatives, Nic Santrucek)