De­signer Tlale’s ‘Aza­nia’ turns heads in NYC

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NEW YORK Fash­ion Week (NYFW) is in full swing. The week-long af­fair has brought to­gether fash­ion de­sign­ers, fash­ion lovers, mod­els, celebri­ties, en­ter­tain­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers from across the globe.

Dur­ing the week we have seen a mix-and-match of fash­ion, rang­ing from sassy to out­ra­geous de­signs on and off the run­way.

In and around the event, sev­eral ex­trav­a­gant af­ter-par­ties are held where at­ten­dees let their hair down af­ter the shows.

The trend­ing party of the week is that of fash­ion mag­a­zine Harper’s Bazaar, where rap­pers Nicki Mi­naj and Cardi. B were re­port­edly in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion, de­flect­ing at­ten­tion from the week­end’s fash­ion shenani­gans.

South African fash­ion de­signer David Tlale also stood out dur­ing the week when he took to the rainy streets of New York on Tues­day to un­veil his lat­est col­lec­tion. When it comes to fash­ion weeks, Tlale is known for push­ing bound­aries and choos­ing the not-so con­ven­tional route. He has made a name for him­self by stag­ing most of his run­way shows in un­ex­pected places. In Cape Town, he once show­cased at the Fore­shore Free­way Bridge, and in Joburg at the Nel­son Man­dela Bridge. With his NYC show­case, we didn’t ex­pect any­thing short of drama.

Tlale’s show­case is part of a four-day trip to New York or­ches­trated by Cour­voisier South Africa in cel­e­bra­tion of New York Fash­ion Week and Tlale, Bo­nang Matheba and Anatii.

In the street run­way show, Tlale used 15 mod­els who stopped traf­fic at Times Square and the High­line, a for­mer raised rail­way line turned park.

His spring and sum­mer col­lec­tion, ti­tled “Aza­nia”, is an ice cream pal­ette of baby pink, green and blue. Styled with head wraps fit for an African queen and bright lips, New York­ers stopped to stare at the fine spec­ta­cle.

“I al­ways en­joy pre­sent­ing the un­ex­pected. I couldn’t think of a bet­ter place than the streets of NYC to show my new col­lec­tion which is in­spired by this city and its hus­tle and fast-for­ward bus­tle,” Tlale said from the Le Bain rooftop bar.

Cour­voisier, known for rein­vent­ing the art of cel­e­bra­tions, big or small, has be­come the per­fect com­pan­ion in cre­ation along­side Tlale and in sup­port­ing his vi­sion for New York Fash­ion Week.

“I’ve al­ways been in­spired by the sto­ried his­tory of Cour­voisier and its ori­gins in France.

“With this col­lec­tion I speak of the glam­our and en­ergy of NYC while the tex­tures and colours jux­ta­pose past with the present,” Tlale said.

“It is amaz­ing to be back at New York Fash­ion Week. I’m so happy I did a street-style show. Peo­ple were won­der­ing what was hap­pen­ing – that’s what I loved about it. To have peo­ple come up to me and say ‘yes, we love it!’ meant the world to me.”

Tlale has used fun, new fab­rics with­out los­ing the sil­hou­ettes and glam­our he is renowned for. His favourite piece? “A gold disco lamé men’s jacket.”

Non­tando Mposo

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