David Tlale's Azania collection. Picture: AFI.
David Tlale's Azania collection. Picture: AFI.

David Tlale closes #AFIJFW on a high note

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Oct 8, 2018

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To celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, iconic fashion designer, David Tlale put an extravagant show on Sunday night at Sky Rink Studios-Johannesburg. 

Using 100 models, Tlale showcased 100 powerful designs under the African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week theme- Afro/Asia. 

To seal off AFIJFW, this internationally recognized designer showcased the Azania collection which was broken down into six different sub-collections. 

The first collection was the defusion range, David by David Tlale which is an everyday-wear.  It was followed by a hot summer fashion fantasy of dusty pink garments with a touch of green- a collection that debuted in New York Fashion Week. 

Fashion fantasy. Picture: Blaq Smith.

Tlale also launched his men’s underwear range of boxer briefs and silky gowns. 

David Tlale men's underwear range. Picture: Blaq Smith. 

And to bring even more drama to the already stunning collection, he presented a yellow and black range of maxi dresses and two-pieces men’s suit- all with wordy prints of Nelson Mandela’s quotes. 

“The prints that we developed are not just ordinary prints but the quotes from Nelson Mandela. They emphasise education to young people, freedom and democracy. “The aim was to bring all the narrative in a fashionable way and send a powerful message,” says Tlale. 

And of course, it wouldn’t be a David Tlale show without red carpet glam. To live up to his high expectations, Tlale presented a  stunning “Blangola” collection. 

The Blangola number. Picture: Blaq Smith. 

“With the black and gold collection, we take people from the red carpet to the cocktail which is really fantastic,” Tlale says.

In closing, he presented an all-white collection of dresses with faces of South Africa’s fallen heroes and their quotes. 

The fallen heroes collection. Picture: Blaq Smith. 

“With this last collection, we look at the journey of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Steve Biko, Albertina Sisulu and all our heroes. This is to remind ourselves where we come from as we celebrate the 100 years of u Tata,” says Tlale. 

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