Designer Tlale’s ‘Azania’ turns heads in NYC
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.”