From bold patterns to cosy textures, Autumn/Winter 2023 promises to be full of excitement and style.
Tips from House of Nala: How to get Autumn/Winter 2023 style right
As the vibrant colours of summer gradually dissipate into the crisp air, and leaves transform into golden hues of amber, it's time to embrace a new season. We're talking about autumn/winter 2023 – a time when fashion takes centre stage with statement pieces gracing runways across the world. From bold patterns to cosy textures, this season promises to be full of excitement and style.
Looking to upgrade your wardrobe and stay on-trend this season? House of Nala’s Visual Merchandiser, Thabang Mapokgole shares the key fashion trends that will dominate this Autumn/Winter.
What are the biggest trends for African fashion this season?
This season, African fashion has taken innovation and collaboration to a new level. It puts a spin on traditional designs, by reworking archives and merging past stories with current trends. Existing silhouettes are being infused with the latest fads - making it truly unique.
And the trends for Autumn/Winter 2023?
This autumn winter season, bold colours, neutrals, and monochrome are the key trends. Metallics and sequins are also seeing a surge in popularity. Furthermore, wide leg trousers, blazers, chunky and oversized knits, pullovers with big pockets, fringes and pleats are hot choices for the season.
We can’t talk trends without discussing fabrics. What are we likely to see more of this season?
This season, traditional fabrics have been given a modern twist to suit the contemporary fashion lover. Wool, fleece, viscose, denim, leather, and knits are among the materials being used to create some truly striking garments. Gingham prints and embroidery have also been incorporated into garments, while luxurious brocades add a touch of elegance.
Will there still be bright colours on trend this season or has that trend passed?
Bright shades are still very desirable this season, with people embracing them for everyday wear. Apricot Crush, Digital Lavender and Viva Magenta are some of the biggest colours of the AW23 collection.
How can people incorporate the latest fashion, beauty, and style trends, without looking like a mannequin?
There is nothing wrong looking like a mannequin, as mannequins are dressed to inspire and influence consumers to maximise sales. It’s good to always explore different styles; just don’t lose your identity while following trends.
Any key tips you can share about how to wear this season’s most popular trends?
The beauty about AW fashion, is that its trans seasonal, you can wear layer with lightweight clothes and still make a fashion statement. Compliment Soft colours with Bold colours and Prints. Blend metallics with monochromes. Accessories are a great way to incorporate trends, so make sure you have soft items like wool scarves, leather gloves and oversized bags.
What are your favourite trends of the season?
I find fashion trends exciting, especially in terms of the colours of the season. I enjoy experimenting with neutrals, rustic and bold shades, along with unique prints. Not only do I like simple designs, but also ones that are eye-catching. Therefore, I'm having fun exploring colour blocking, wider leg styling, oversized knits and jackets and various boxy silhouettes.
Are you an avid follower of trends or are you of the belief of marching to the beat of your own drum?
I follow my own tune, though sometimes it may sound similar to a trend. I'm not content with just following a style- I put my own spin on things and make them my own. That way, trends never wear me; rather, I'm the one in control of what I choose to wear.
This article was first published on HON by AFI digital magazine. You can read it, here.