Exquisite in David Tlale bridal wear. Picture: Reze Bonna photography.
Renowned for his knack for showmanship, SA’s most  acclaimed fashion designer, David Tlale, in partnership with Courvoisier, unveiled his
trailblazing bridal collection during the David Tlale Weekend Experience, which was  showcased this past weekend at Boschendal Wine Estate. 

Looking goddess in David Tlale bridal gown. 

“With The Weekend Experience we wanted to bring people closer to the David Tlale brand.  Fashion week sees people come and go, each show is just another show, and that’s not who  we are, we wanted people to get to know the brand, our aesthetic, our ethos and lifestyle,”  says David Tlale.

Elegant suit by David Tlale. 

On Saturday, SA’s fashion elite ascended to the wine estate were they were welcomed to  The Weekend Experience with a Courvoisier Noir in hand, Tlale’s signature cocktail, before  sitting down to a premium gala dinner consisting of a three course menu paired with  Courvoisier cognac.

Guests in attendance included fashion bloggers Kefilwe Mabote, Lulama Wolf, Seth Shezi  and Gemaen Taylor, renowned photographer Trevor Stuurman, former model Roxy Louw  and ultimate style icon Jackie Burger.

Tlale and the models. 

On Sunday the weekend culminated in an awe-inspiring showcase of 25 brides (and 7  grooms) breaking all the conventional moulds of what one expects from a bridal collection.  Starting with looks in white, Tlale surprised guests with brides dressed in ivory, playful  shades of plush pinks, hews of salmon, and prints.

Finally, a David Tlale show will not be complete without a bold Grande Finale, this time  stunning guests with a horse and carriage which drove the closing model to the runway and  ultimately the designer himself to end the day on an all-time high.

Stylish suit by David Tlale. 

“With our bridal collection, we want to say that we’re not only a fashion brand, we’re also a  lifestyle. The inspiration behind this bridal collection was not only to make brides feel  beautiful but also give them a slight edge of fashion on the day. Brides don’t have to simply  look like princesses, they can bring their own sense of style on their big day,” says Tlale. 

Exceptionally beautiful in a peach David Tlale gown. 

As for textures, he played with soft lace edges, however combined elements of satin, twill,  in-house- created flowers, and supporting the South African aesthetic, ostrich features, all  culminating in sophisticated, red-carpet- worthy masterpieces.

-Images: Reze Bonna Photography.