David Tlale to un­veil Aza­nia+ range

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA

DAVID Tlale is putting his best foot for­ward as he sets sights on chang­ing the sta­tus quo. The de­signer is set to push bound­aries yet again with his big­gest show­case to date that in­cludes a 100-model, 100-look run­way col­lec­tion in hon­our of the Man­dela and Sisulu cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

His Spring/Sum­mer 2018/19 col­lec­tion will be show­cased at Sky Pink Stu­dios this af­ter­noon. Tlale, who took the streets of New York by storm ear­lier with his new­est range, Aza­nia, will be ex­pand­ing on that col­lec­tion with the 100 gar­ments on dis­play.

“Our show­case is one of the big­gest we have ever done. We’ll have 100 mod­els to com­mem­o­rate our strug­gle he­roes Tata Nel­son Man­dela, Mama Sisulu and all those who fought hard to bring change in our coun­try and aided in who we are to­day as young peo­ple,” said Tlale.

“The nar­ra­tive is all based on tak­ing peo­ple on a jour­ney, from work­wear, to Par­lia­ment, to a cock­tail party, to a red car­pet, and also mak­ing the fash­ion state­ment that says, as a fash­ion house, we cel­e­brate the lives of le­gends.”

This show­case, which was con­ceived only six months ago, also aims to cel­e­brate women’s in­ner and outer beauty.

“The name Aza­nia is twofold. The first one is the po­lit­i­cal move­ment or revo­lu­tion.

“When you think about what the term Aza­nia means within the African con­ti­nent and what we have gone through... it is about bring­ing change and trans­for­ma­tion in South African pol­i­tics.

“I also took it to my spir­i­tual jour­ney, where in He­brew it means ‘God is lis­ten­ing’. I look back through­out my jour­ney, where I come from, through my 17-year jour­ney in the in­dus­try, where I started from, and now hav­ing a solid, grow­ing brand.

“All this has come from trust­ing God and what He has said in His Word. I am a strong be­liever in God, that ev­ery time you pray, God an­swers your prayers and that prayer does work.

“And that is Aza­nia, sim­ply mean­ing that God lis­tens,” he ex­plains.

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