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The glamour of the 1970s is the "new" era when it comes to 2011 fashion trends, according to fashion buyer Amanda Smith.
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Fashion trends

"The 1970s were such a stylish and cool era for fashion. We will see lots of disco style, flare jeans, platform shoes, high-waisted and wide-legged pants, fitted turtleneck sweaters and vests layered with beaded necklaces."
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Smith adds that biker clothing will also feature prominently this year.

"To carry this look you will need faux leather, stud detailing, motorcycle style boots, cool graphic T-shirts, studded black bangle bracelet and earrings, skinny black jeans, Doc Marten-style boots and messy, undone hair."

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Hair

Style icon and two-steps-ahead trendsetter Rihanna often serves as a crystal ball. Last month when she appeared at the X Factor results show, she wore flowers. She came with a headband in silk roses and poppies to match her puffball mini dress.

The oversized floral arrangement was perfectly balanced on the star's new flaming-red hair. Flowers and floral headpieces are a good tip for dressing up next year.

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Afro

Afro hair is making a comeback says celebrity hair dresser Hugh Bongela.

"We will see a lot of this hair in 2011 on both men and women. In the 1970s, Afros were longer, but these days, they are generally worn smaller. To maintain your Afro, you will have to wash and brush it daily as well as apply hair oils, to keep it looking healthy."

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Colours

Vibrant colours and neon are set to be in next year.

Most predictions point to posy pink! This bright shade of pink flatters every skin tone.

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Make-up

2011 make-up trends call for a natural look according to Johannesburg freelance make-up artist Vuyo Varoyi.

The trend is based on a simple principle, enhancing natural beauty and showing a healthy glowing skin.

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Ladylike chic celebrating curves

The 1950s-style curve-friendly silhouettes bring curves back on trend, says model scout Roy Hoorwood.

Fuller-figured models walk the runways and plus-size clothing finally becomes fashionable. Recent fashion collections by Prada and Louis Vuitton featured fuller-figured models.

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Wedding Dresses

Lani Butler, owner of Lady Marmalaide Collection, says the main colours are white and ivory for the actual wedding gown. Other colours: for bridesmaids and accessories will be lots of pastel colours - pinks, lilacs, and light blue.

Butler adds that black is in.

"This is a very bold, dramatic colour for weddings, and brides are adding a black touch to their dresses such as a bow, or striking flowers, or black lace gloves, and then tying this together through the bridesmaids dresses, invitation stationery and décor of the venue."

She adds that the biggest trend is fairy-tale romantic gowns! Followed by the 1950s-inspired mermaid gown.

"Very low dropped waistlines are also very popular, with bodices that are ruched, gathered, or draped - all to hug the figure and smooth over any figure flaws! Strapless gowns are still in, though a big catwalk trend is the one-shoulder wedding gown."

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Shoe Trends

Lace-up boots. Laces are very popular. Such footwear is very comfy and looks great, but taking it off can be a problem.

* Shoes with buckles

"The more buckles the better" Buckles look interesting and provide great support and fixation for the foot. However, they bring the same problem as laces - it takes time to pull them off.

* Stilettos

Stilettos aren't always easy to sport but the fact that they look gorgeous is undeniable. That is why if you feel you can walk on super tiny heels, this shoe trend is everything you might want. Both shoes and boots can come with spike heels.

They look feminine and totally stylish.

* Chunky heels

Though stilettos look glamorous, chunky heels are much more comfortable. And plenty of women prefer being safe and comfy rather than sexy and scared of falling down.

Wedges. The popularity of wedges has already faded but its practicality still makes designers pay attention to this shoe. If you are a fan of this shoe trend, go ahead and purchase one more pair of pretty wedges.

High heel and high platform.

This shoe trend isn't for girls who love looking womanly. But it does look chic and intriguing.

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Food

Sustainability, nutrition and healthy dining are chef Bright Muzondo's predictions for the top menu trends of 2011.

Muzondo, who runs a catering company, says chefs will use locally sourced meats and seafood ranked for sustainability and local produce.

"The "Green Trend" will continue at the reception table with chefs and caterers offering more fresh, seasonal, locally grown, and organic menu options."

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Relationship trends

Forget about an increase in drunk women drivers and boyish tendencies. Asiphe Ndlela, a Joburg relationship expert, says women still want to look good.

She says 2011 will see an increase in the use of edible beauty products to improve their look to attract the perfect guy.

"Not that extreme beauty treatments are anything new. But it went beyond that.

"This year we will see more and more ordinary people joining local celebs in having plastic surgery to improve their looks and some will include hitting the gym as one of their new year's resolutions."

Ndlela adds that men are becoming more and more discerning when it comes to issues of beauty.

"Men are looking for women who take good care of themselves, women they can show to their friends with pride."

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Decor trends

According to House & Leisure editor Naomi Larkin, clever green living will appear very prominently in 2011.

"Take notice of where fabrics come from and insist on responsible agriculture and locally sourced materials, and grow your own vegetables and fruit. With today's technological innovations one can even take up virtual gardening or use online gardening apps for your iPhone, iPad or smartphone to help with real gardening!"

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Home furnishings

Pattern and style trends for 2011 will draw their influence from the past.

"Shoppers can expect to see furniture and accessories which combine classic elements with contemporary details, incorporating texture into upholstery fabrics, metal and wood," says John Ritz, an East London interior designer.

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Florals

Give your home an injection of flower power with fabrics adorned with oversized roses, hydrangeas and peonies.

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Lifestyle - Communal living

"Shacking up with friends and family on a communal property is all the rage internationally, saving on costs and providing an ever-present support system," says Larkin.

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Urban living

There is the upsurge in appreciation of urban living. In big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, there has been a gradual increase in homeowners who have opted to leave the suburbs in lieu of the benefits of living in the city.

Source Sowetan
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