Arise magazine took a few South African designers to Paris last weekend to exhibit at Paris Fashion Week. Team SA consisted of Clive Rundle, Karen Ter Morshuizen from Lunar, David Tlale and Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit from Kluk CGDT – and Jan Malan and Juanita Daniel who put the show together.
We’ve yet to get news of any major deals going down, but they were definitely hob-nobbing with the best.
Pictured above are (top) David Tlale, Jan Malan and Juanita Daniel with the godfather of French fashion Didier Grumbach and (bottom), Jan introduces him to Clive Rundle.
As head of the French Fashion Federation M. Grumbach can make or break your career in that town.
I hope to post some pictures of their fashion soon.
When the New York Times reports on the status of the Sub Saharan African fashion magazine industry it may be time to sit up and pay attention. The conclusion is delightfully up beat for those of us concerned with the future of the glossy medium:
“While Asia and Eastern Europe remain the most popular destination for the expansion of fashion magazine brands, several industry executives agreed that the current global downturn and the changing media landscape worldwide might make a wide open market like sub-Saharan Africa attractive after all.”
Yay for our mags I say. ( Oh and the pic is by the lovely Misha taken during the fittings of the David Tlale show at the ARISE – Promise of Africa Collective Spring/Summer 2010 show – New York Fashion Week)
Fashion’s Night Out is a great global campaign to put some frisson back into the fashion economy. I have to say with complete modesty and unabashed excitement that I will be in New York for it -( you can gag later)
Staying opposite Bryant Park for the joys of New York Fashion Week and the thrilling second edition of ARISE Promise of Africa Collective. This year David Tlale is doing the honors for South Africa. I am so excited I could weep … so expect a flurry of updates dear frocksters .
Regular Frocksters may recall that Jacquie Myburgh started this blog with me – she has just sent me this snippet (I think she should definitely do more guest blogging – we miss her around here)
“Went to the David Tlale tea party on Saturday afternoon and absolutely loved Dion Chang in his tailored shorts. Heather Greig suggested he looked so cute she was quite keen to patent the Dion Doll! Dion says none other than stylist Sheldon Kopman is starting a tailoring business and these are one half of a very sharp suit that he has designed and had made for Dion by a Durban tailor. All very chic, I think, and I hope it’s Dion’s new look for summer. He’s got great calves too!”
So there you have it Jacquie’s heads up on the new short suit, and the tailor to get it from.
(Pic by Moeketsi Moticoe)
Six very talented finalists but only one overall winner! This year’s Elle New Talent Award went to Anisa Ami Mpungwe.
OPENING the Sanlam SA Fashion Week ramps today were the Elle New Talent designer competition finalists for 2008 Khumo Mashimane, Marize Malan, Robyn de Klerk, Anisa Ami Mpungwe, Tanya Demby and Stephan Marin.
The competition, which has been running for more than 10 years, has been the launching pad for designers like David Tlale (Elle New Talent Award winner 2003) and Tiaan Nagel (last year’s winner).
“The Elle New Talent Award changed my life. I went from being a small time designer who worked from home with a small client base to being who I am today,” says Tlale.
“It is a great platform for young designers who are ready for the world and for the industry. We want a new brand from South Africa and not the traditional stuff we have. We don’t want another Stone Cherrie or something. South Africa has talent and we can set international standards and as a panel we feel that Anisa Ami Mpungwe has what it takes,” says Tlale who was one of this year’s judges.
Mpungwe won a cash prize of R10 000 to kickstart her career, and will join Mr Price for a full retail cycle. After that some of her designs may even go into production.
The six finalists of the Mr Price – Elle New Talent Awards will open the Sanlam SA Fashion Week’s Spring/ Summer Collections 2008/2009 on Wednesday, 27 August. Each finalist will showcase six of their designs based on the theme of “New Romance”.
The finalists are Marize Malan, Robyn de Klerk, Tanya Demby, Anisa Ami Mpungwe, Stephan Marin and Khumo Mashimane – watch these names , previous winners of the competition include David Tlale and Tiaan Nagel so its a really great stepping stone for a great career in fashion.
I loved the play on volume on these sketches by Anisa Ami Mpungwe – if you want to see all the portfolios link through to i fashion - ( How brilliant is this website?)
BTW – we are going to be doing fantastic things on The Frock Report for SA Fashion Week – guest bloggers will be providing blow by blow accounts of everything – very exciting – watch this space..
In the interim just have to throw in some New Romantics in the form of Visage’s Fade to Grey – priceless 80′s new romance ….
Earlier this week as the boys ( that I do the car stuff with ) and I were hard a work on a car shoot, I spotted the glorious Mr David Tlale looking super dapper.
He was hanging at the Momo gallery with the owner Moena Mokoena – who incidentally also looked super smart, but he insisted that the Frock Report honors go to David being a rising star of South African design and all.