The AFI Privé by David Tlale collection, an eye-catching range of elegantly cut monochromatic black and white, sharpened by blazing yellow, went down the ramp to tumultuous applause at this evening’s AFI Cape Town Fashion Week.
Echoing the global trend for guest designers to contribute a new line to renowned brands, this limited-edition range was commissioned by African Fashion International (AFI) from internationally acclaimed South African designer David Tlale to showcase its in-house brand, AFI Privé.
“This unique collaboration with David Tlale, is in line with AFI’s strategy to work in collaboration with local talent as well as global talent. Fusion projects are the way forward for many sectors including film, arts design and fashion.” Says AFI Founder and Executive Chairman Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe.
Underlining the range’s exclusivity, only about eight to 10 items of each piece will be available. Together with another specially commissioned range of gold and horn jewellery from Matter of Fakt, they will be sold through the AFI Privé store in the Mall of Africa, Johannesburg, a popup store in Cape Town, and through Privé Online.
Tlale’s range of 18 key mix-and-match pieces is aimed at the aspirational working woman. It offers her a suite of looks to take her through the working week and then on to a cocktail party or special evening event. Its elegantly restrained clean lines, with most of the garments just above or below the knee, complement the carefully modulated colour palette.