David Tlale launched his brand 11 years ago. A native of South Africa, he showcases his inimitable designs all over the world. His fall/winter presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, featuring top model/actor Tyson Beckford, was very successful.
Known for his elaborate designs that are often enhanced with beautiful draping, his work is daring yet elegant. Tlale’s brand defies convention and is unpredictable. He’s a genius when it comes to selecting the right fabrics, textures and colors for a particular garment.
In the past, he has partnered with a number of South African brands that helped him learn the business of fashion and gain experience while working his way up. He received the 2011 Fashion Designer of the Year Award in Johannesburg, which was the year he made his debut at Mercedes-Benz New York. He also created an autumn/winter collection entitled “Made in the City.” Celebrating the 92 years of Nelson Mandela’s life, Tlale sent 92 models down a runway that was deemed the longest ramp in the history of South African fashion: the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg. Since then, Tlale has been the ambassador for the Change-4-Ever Campaign, an initiative that aims to alleviate poverty in Southern Africa.
His fall/winter collection flowed down the runway. For women, there were shapely dresses, some with sheer bodices, mesh tops, v-necklines and fabulous long back zippers. In details, his draping was extraordinary on simply styled skirts and pants in muted abstract prints. A soft gray sheath mixed with gold tones on the bodice and three-quarter sleeves was fitting and sexy. Evening fashions were opulent. His men’s clothes were outstanding. At the end of the show, Tlale enjoyed posing for pictures with Tyson Beckford and other models.
Tlale’s label goes beyond just fashion. His proudest moment was being the first South African fashion designer to show solo at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in 2012.
Look out for this now very popular designer. His clothes are sensuous, soft and easy-to-wear.