SPRING officially begins tomorrow so it’s time to brighten up and show some skin say fashion experts. “Colour and more colour, that is the way to go,” says Gamalakhe fashion designer Lumka Sandla. “Spring is about finally getting out of those dark, gloomy winter colours and bringing out the best in you, so go big and show some skin. However, don’t over do it. Know what works for your skin tone and body type and don’t use more than four colours.” Speaking from a wealth of experience designing for artists and regular clients with a varying fashion style preferences, Lumka says her best fashion tip is “be comfortable in your own skin”.“The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to fashion is to copy fashion items from artists and celebrities on TV. “Artists only wear things they wear to perform in and to portray a particular image, you can’t as a normal person wear the same items off stage,” says Lumka. Lumka runs her fashion house Glen Miyo with her marketing guru daughter Unathi Sandla, who she says, helps keep them up with trends.“This season a hot fashion trend is the old ‘hipster’ pants, but with a modern twist. “Even crop tops are back in fashion, but with a different cut, and the nice thing about going to a designer for your clothes is that you have clothes custom made the way you want them,” says Unathi. “How the name Glen Miyo actually came about is a funny story. The person that was helping us with registering [the business] heard me say Glam, short for ‘Glamorous, Miyo, Miyo being the name of my granddaughter, so we ended up being registered as Glen Miyo,” says Lumka. She says a love for fashion runs in the family as she started making her own clothes at age 12 following in her mother’s footsteps, who is a seamstress. “Inspired by watching my mother make clothes growing up I would sometimes buy my own material and play around with some ideas. When she saw my work she said I had some talent and allowed me to pursue fashion,” says Lumka. She then studied fashion design in 2004 and 2005 at a Port Shepstone college, but followed other career paths for years until eventually returning to her passion and opening her own company in 2015.“Running your own business is very rewarding because you’re doing what you love and you have freedom over your own time, but it also very challenging because we don’t always know if clients are going to pay in time,” said Lumka. Glen Miyo can be found on Facebook under Glen Miyo Fashion House or contact Unathi on 073 843 7680 or 078 294 1260.