These are the trends spotted on the SAFW runway on opening night

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SAFW Autumn/Winter 2020 collections from Day 1
SAFW Autumn/Winter 2020 collections from Day 1

The first day of South African Fashion Week (SAFW) has concluded, leaving a high sense of anticipation for the next three days.

The topic of sustainability has been a continuous reference for this season at SAFW and as a result natural fabrics, earth colours and upcycled garments were seen from the designers’ collections at the Day 1 shows.

Stand-out elements from the collections include a focus on textile design seen in unique prints and tie-dye fabrics, bold colours and rich textures.

READ MORE: Ruffles, mixed prints, leather and more trends spotted at AFI fashion week

These are the top trends we spotted on the Day 1 runway:

Greens

Tagwalk’s most searched colour in October was green, which is also a trend colour for 2020 as seen on various runways around the world, including South Africa’s very own SAFW.

Mantsho by Palesa Makubang showed statement green pieces, including a tiered frill dress in various shades of greens and a matching green pants ensemble.

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 23: Afrikanswiss S
SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 23: Afrikanswiss S

Cindy Mfabe was more creative with her green pinstripe fabric incorporated in a frilled mini dress, pencil skirts, trousers and jackets.

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Unique prints

Thabo Makhetha showed a fresh collection with a custom print featuring the brand's logo and her grandmother’s prayer sticks seen on dresses and digitally printed on leather capes.

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LO’ICE’s black and white hand-painted prints accented with striking pops of colour made a strong stament on the runway.

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Afrikanswiss takes their tie-dye denim further in its utility-style pieces.

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 23: Afrikanswiss S

READ MORE: SA Fashion Week dishes the inside hack on how to enjoy the shows like an A-lister and commits to a 5-year sustainability plan

Earth effect

Wooden buttons are seen on House of Lucent and Mas'ooda collections, largely in a contrasting fashion.

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Just in time for summer, the essential straw hat graces the runway in the much-loved wide brim style. 

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And neutral colours also made an appearance in various collections.

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