"I am proudly South African. I am proudly African and I wave the flag for my continent to say we are here to stay as designers from Africa. Not just to stay but to take over."
I have so much to say about David Tlale's runway show it's ridiculous. First of all, I'd like to express the immense pride I feel seeing the success of a fellow African. It just makes me feel really good to see and also hear that he is proudly African.
There are only so many words I could use to describe the craftsmanship and detail that went into this beautiful collection, but I'll try to keep short and sweet.
The clothingPersonally, I'm a sucker for anything that glitters, shimmers and sparkles. I really like how David used these embellishments to enhance the pieces and also highlight the African print material. Some stand out pieces included the structured white blouses, the sheer shirt on the male model, the pink holographic gown and pretty much every single piece in the 30 second opening.
The modelsStriking, statuesque beauties of all shades and backgrounds. It was extremely refreshing to see as opposed to the usual ratio of models of color to white models. Heavy hitter and iconic male model Tyson Beckford opened and closed the show which also featured albino model Diandra Forrest who you may have seen in Beyoncé's Pretty Hurts .
Hair and make upIt really wasn't complicated and didn't need to be as the focus was and will always be on the clothing. I did however like the afro/bob hairstyle with the braid down the middle on some of the female models.
SoundtrackI had chills down my back hearing the echoing vocals of the African gospel choir/s. I'm guessing that it was all of South African origin, as David Tlale is himself. I definitely
An interview with the fabulous designer himself after the show.