The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) is Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, and every year we are in awe of how the stars show up and show out on the red carpet. Some are hits, and some are misses, but one thing is for sure: each year, the red carpet comes with a few key trends that set the tone not only for the evening but for many more big nights throughout the year. While we hope some of your favourite actors and actresses got the awards they deserved, we at Style did what we do best and looked at a few of the trends that were set for the rest of the year at the AMVCA.
ALL WHITE EVERYTHING
Step aside, ladies; the men brought their A-game in their all-white ensembles, showing us that all-white isn’t only for women but for men too.
Cutout dresses are classy and sexy. They are a great way to show off some skin without going over the top. With some of our favourite celebs stepping on the red carpet in cutout dresses, it’s safe to say they will continue to be statement pieces on the red carpet throughout the year.
It’s a style rule that every star knows very well: When it sparkles, heads turn. Many stars showed up in bejewelled dresses that made them look every bit like the stars that they are. Though the sparkly dress trend isn’t new to the red carpet, it’s always a thrill to see how much sparkle can go on a dress to make it a show-stopper.
RETURN OF THE BOW TIE
It’s goodbye to the tie and welcome back to the bow tie. Though the bow tie saw a dearth in past years on the red carpet, it is definitely back and can be seen paired with tuxedos on the red carpet of this year’s AMVCA.
This year on the AMVCA red carpet, fashion was in full bloom, with flower appliques emerging as a trend. Yes! Flower motifs are inherently romantic and eye-catching, making them a natural choice to stand out on a red carpet.
Though ruffles have been a fashion trend on the red carpet for a while, it was great to see how our celebs played with exaggerated ruffles on their dresses to make statement pieces worthy of mention on this trend list.
Step aside classic tuxedos; the textured tux is having a moment right now. On the red carpet this year, the textured tuxedo was a favourite among the celebs, and we are so here for it. The stars spiced up their tuxedos with textures of sequins, crystals, velvet, damask, and so much more, and not only did they look dapper, but they set the trend for us all to push more boundaries with our fashion choices.
Colours such as red, green, blue, and orange will always trend at award shows as they are attention-grabbing and not too risky.
The metallic trend has been a massive part of 2023, and it is no surprise to see metallic dresses on the red carpet. Eye-catching silver and gold hues were mainly the order of the day, but the standout green metallic LDA dress Zozibini Tunz wore confirmed that metallics in other hues are just as regal as the gold and silver hues.
The dramatic cinch-and-flare waistline is making a comeback thanks to some real-life princesses who nailed the look on the red carpet. The look had taken a back seat in fashion for a while, but now it is back bigger and better. The likes of Toke and Chioma have shown us how to put this regal look together effortlessly.
Channelling their inner Marilyn Monroe, some stars showed up in elbow-length gloves. The subtle yet elegant accessory complements any gown and adds a hint of regalness to any look.
The feather trend took flight on the red carpet, as many ladies tapped into it this year. Though incorporating feathers into an outfit can be tricky on a regular day, in front of the camera on the red carpet, it’s all drama and luxury. Our favourite celebs seem to agree, sporting all manner of feathered gowns on the red carpet.