Recently, I have been into the whole minimalist look. Sometimes the garmet should be able to speak for itself. A good fitted outfit is better than a plain outfit with an abundance of accessories in my opinion.
Clothing, now days, has the effect of speaking without actually saying anything. I have tried to track down Jeffrey Campbell shoes in South Africa as well as Loubies but to no avail. Had this convo with a friend at a braai (bbq) recently, and we came to a conclusion that its not that in Africa we don't know much about designers, we don't really have stores that are offered in high fashion/trendy fashion at a specific price bracket. We don't have the Zara, New Look, Forever 21 etc etc...that the Americas/ European countries have and we have come to a point where there is no authenticity with African designers anymore. Even, if that is not a problem, in Malaysia you could have the latest trends available in your normal type of shops its not such a big deal that you have to go to the 'known' retailers.
Is Africa not at par with the fashion capitals yet?