On Day 3 of Mercedes Benz Johannesburg Fashion Week it was South Africa’s fashion wunderkind David Tlale’s turn to wow a fashion forward audience with his latest collection Glam Intersections.
Described by the The Huffington Post “sumptuous elegance” after his presentation at the South African Consulate in Manhattan, New York, during New York Fashion Week F/W 2012, Tlale’s latest collection was another delectable showcase of the designer’s bold use colour and fabric.
Despite the storm howling outside, it was a full house on Friday night as SA and international fashionistas came out in their droves to see what David Tlale had in store with Glam Intersections. And it seems, the intersections the designer dreamt up for his Autumn 2012 collection was that of two decades, the ’50s and the ’70s, he had seamlessly fused to create a fresh take on vintage for the contemporary woman.
Other intersections evident in the collection were that of the designer’s colour palette – with his choices ranging from the brighter shades of cheery yellow and orange to more sombre hues of black and brown – and choice of fabrics ranging from sturdier stuff of wool and chiffon brocade to softer satins and silks. Sheer sexy blouses with big pussycat bows and bouquet sleeves, flowing spotted maxis, slimline pencil skirts, fitted blazers and metallic pants were ccessoried with crocodile belts and recently launched DT Luxury handbags.
Men were not forgotten though, with designs more or less echoing the details of his womenswear, Tlale catered for the sartorial men with a small but sumptious set of yellow brocade pieces, leather trousers and outerwear.
While more reserved on drama stakes compared to his previous work, this collection with its grown up lines and muted colour palette seemed perfect for a more matured David Tlale woman – one that can look back at eras gone by for inspiration and marry diverse retro influences in her style without looking like she is dressed for a fancy dress party.