Fresh off the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week runway, celebrated South African designer David Tlale will soon present his critically acclaimed collection, titled Feminine Allure, when he takes to the runway on 01 November during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AFRICA.
On Saturday, 01 November, Tlale will send down the runway a collection that celebrates the modern African woman, with strong African traces coming through his collection, using the colourful and outspoken Vlisco prints, which is complemented by his ultra-feminine dresses in hues of paradise peach.
“This collection is about giving women back their power and equipping them with a strong sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity,” says Tlale.
The lines are fitted, yet structured with playful pattern engineering to accommodate architectural elements. The waistlines are cinched, while the silhouettes go from full volumes to pencil cuts. As such, the collection fuses modern style with a retrospective look to the 50s, 60s and 70s. “It is a celebration of a woman who’s not afraid to show her soft feminine side and yet still dares to be bold and command attention,” adds Tlale.
Tlale’s choice of fabric is always chosen with a fine eye to detail and flow. His partnership with the Dutch fashion textile brand Vlisco, has proven to be a winning formula. Speaking on behalf of Vlisco, Roger Gerards, Creative Director said, “Our collaboration with David Tlale is meant to be as he understands the true craft of our fabrics and translates that perfectly into extraordinary creations.”
In addition to the Vlisco prints he embellished, Tlale used Egyptian cotton, wool crepe, silk crepe, brocade, silk raffia, gold lamé, chiffon, and PVC throughout his collection. The overall collection oozes luxury, opulence and sexiness with elements of heritage coming through in celebration of the nouveau African woman.
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