Have you ever heard the saying “Style  – all who have it share one thing -­‐‐ originality.”  

Home to The South African Style Awards 2018 and situated in Africa’s trendiest square mile, Sandton City is home to  a myriad of innovative retailers and brands across the board;  as well as one of the most revered events on the South African  calendar. The SA Style Awards 2018 are always by invitation only; and were hosted in the luxurious Diamond Walk by Taryn Louch and Maps Maponyane  on Sunday 18th November 2018, and qualifications for inclusion were based on a benchmark for excellence achieved – must be nice!

A platform which both catapults and celebrates careers, The South African Style Awards 2018 are not exclusive, but rather inclusive, with categories that saw SA’s futurists take the stage to receive the honour that comes with always being on point!

We at The Stylista, believe that there are some key fashion gems that you need to pay attention to and take tips from and prepare yourself for the 2019 fashion craze that is about to hit us! So, here it goes, your top 5 guide on who to look at for proactive and futuristic wear, that will keep those heads turning and possibly get you a new job. Mom always said, good things happen to those who dress for the occassions …

 NO: 1 Metallic Marvel

We really cannot sit back and allow ourselves to miss the glory that K Naomi is churning out lately, when it comes to her clean signature looks, she wins always… Sophistication becomes key in 2019, especially if you want to know how to switch your look from day wear to evening and Naomi can help you find that balance. Find this fab girl on Instagram @KNaomiN, she is a style queen to stick by. We forgot to mention that the metallic look will never go out of style, in fact it is becoming more a feature in the future of fashion – watch and learn.

 NO: 2 The Rise Of Hippie 

Where do we even begin with this starlet – she is what we call a Starseed – in the world, but not of it, hence she won the Most Innovative Style Award. So take it from Sho Madjozi (@ShoMadjozi on IG) boo, minimalism with a strong shot of an extravaganza is key. Why ? If we must let you know, globally,  over the top looks are slowly fading out of fashion as we look into a future where simplistic creativity is key to your look. In this case boo: hair – check, face – check ensemble – double check! We have finally come to an Era where  women do not have to wear heels with skirts anymore, nest takes with this look will do the most. We at Stylista like to call the latter above – the Hippie Chick look.

 NO: 3 Emerald Green with Envy 

We almost fainted when we saw this look, yes, her name is Iman Mkwanazi, she is a South African model and entrepreneur best known for being one of the Top 12 finalists in the 2017 Miss South Africa pageant. She is arguably one of the most elegant ladies of the industry, her style is always clean and chic, yet so unpredictable. This time around, this queen of style slays us with and emerald green maxi dress, shorts crisp hair, hoops that turn heads and impeccable jewellery details that are just enough glamour to walk a BET carpet. To get the best fashion tips for this Summer, would suggest you make a stop on her gram @ImanMkwanazi, enjoy the jaw drops from her page.

 NO: 4 Birds Of A Feather

The last time we interviewed Ayanda at the SAFW 21st Year Celebration, we asked her what she wore at the age of 21, her response suggested to us that she does not take herself seriously as a fashionista – but we do … Why? This TV princess dresses as few steps ahead of SA trends. We are really excited to see this look at the SA Style Awards because it speaks to runways from Dries van Noten to Loewe, who were all serving us wings—or at least feathers as part of the 2019 Spring collection forecast. To see more amazing looks coming from Ayanda Thabethe do visit on @AyandaThabethe_ .

Well, there you have it, a look at the 4 most futuristic looks to safely get you into 2019’s fashion forecast. Do continue sharing your fab outfits daily on our Instagram page as well: @TheStylistaCom, have a great weekend!