By Johannes Hangula and Eliaser Ndeyanale
EACH new year brings in new fashion trends that we are ready to embrace into the fold and others that can see themselves out.
According to respected French lifestyle magazine, Elle, incoming trends for 2017 are stripes, sneakers, painterly prints (artistically inspired), easy elegance (athletic inspired pieces), and mules (shoe trend).
The magazine which focuses mainly on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment, says trends like corsets, skinny jeans with stretch, soft lingerie-dressing look, heels four to five inches and clean classic sneakers are likely to face a rejection by devoted followers of fashion.
But which is which? This is what some of our local fashionistas and designers have to say:
Fashionista Assumpta Gahutu, believes that sneakers will be greatly embraced by Namibians, because they are easy-to-go shoes. She said sneakers have always been in fashion but not many people have embraced them but over the years things have changed, with the majority of females opting for sneakers as part of their day-to-day outfits.
“I don’t think at the moment Namibians will let go of the outgoing trends like corsets, soft lingerie look and skinny jeans because those are the people’s favourite and they always look good on any given day”.
Ajax The Mess, a fashion enthusiastic from Windhoek, believes that easy elegance as a trend is always going to be there; as this concept varies from person to person.
“I think a lot of people are going to be in bed with stripes, because they are obviously good for office wear and a classy formal way of dressing. With stripes, it’s always easy to switch up a simple outfit by adding either a stripe piece instead of a black or white top and it will still give that elegant look.”
On the outgoing trends, The Mess is of the opinion that Namibians don’t necessarily let go of the trends that easily, because the majority are not into fashion. “They dress according to what they feel is comfortable to them.”
He further explained that although clean classic sneakers are part of the outgoing trend for the year 2017, he however believes that in Namibia this trend is still going to be a hit because people have mastered the art of pairing sneakers with any outfit. “Whether its suits or just a semi-casual outfit, sneakers have become day-to-day shoes and I see them remaining in fashion for the next six to eight coming months.”
Damage clothing label founder and local designer Nicoleen Menjonono is of the opinion that the easy elegance look, as one the incoming trends this year, will be greatly embraced by locals as she believes that this way of dressing is easier to put together, it gives that dressing comfort and it will be in demand because Namibians don’t like going out of their comfort zone when it come to their dressing.
“I don’t see Namibians letting go of the skinny jeans with stretch trend anytime soon, because skinny jeans have always been comfortable to wear and they fit on either casual or formal wear and Namibians seem to like this at the time. I see the clean classic sneakers trend remaining in fashion also, because this trend has been there for a long time now and Namibians tend to like this it. In my view heels four to five inches or higher will go out because we as women nowadays are more focused on comfort and practicality. We are investing in shoes that are both stylish and comfortable enough to walk in.”
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