[the designer's mood board]
ABOUT THE BRAND: "both daring and dramatic, david tlale is a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, colour and texture...his, is a household label that firmly stands its own ground among a sea of other labels; this being attributed to the sheer design erudition and precision that challenges mediocrity." [source]
ABOUT THE SHOW//WHAT WE LOVED: now HERE'S how to put on a show. david tlale's exclusive invitation-only presentation titled "fantastical structures" represented the inevitable fusion between architecture and fashion. in david's words: "the relationship between fashion and architecture is not a particularly oblique one. both are based on structure, shape and basic necessities - clothes and shelter...." we got a clear feel for that in this collection through and through. his designs struck a fine balance between edgy and feminine without losing his design ethos in translation. in other words, he created fantastical structures that were firmly planted on the ground. tlale brought much-needed spunk and liveliness to audi joburg fashion week with his impeccable attention to detail and his willingness to push the envelope without compromising on wearability. he employed a variety of fabrics [chiffon, leather, jersey, etc.] and kept his palette simple but strong. metallics certainly stole the show, but a hint of red shone through every now and again. we can't gush enough about the brilliance of this collection - this is truly david tlale at his sharpest and best and he certainly belongs in the canon of africa's most exceptional. fantastically well-executed, highly covetable clothes and a sure stamp of approval from anyone whose opinion counts. what more could one want?
SUGGESTIONS: please, please, PLEASE make these clothes available online. that is all.
see more pieces in the post below. these photos courtesy of SDR Photo.