David Tlale did not plan any of the drama that happened on Saturday night, as the last designer to show during Joburg Fashion Week!
Lucky for Tlale, the rain dissolved around 8pm in perfect time for his showing at 10.30pm. Therefore the weather could not be blamed by the models who rudely turned up late, and left hundreds of guests on the bridge for an extra two hour wait. I am guessing that those guests who did not wait were seriously fed up, cold or had prior arrangements to get to.
Just after midnight, Tlale was driven onto the bridge astride a Harley Davidson apologizing to all for the late start. I am not sure that anyone appreciated his words as he did not receive any applause as he made his way to the center podium.
Tlale’s Made in the City Autumn/Winter 2011 collection provoked a variety of responses – some were horrified when the larger models took to the tar even though they were worn by television personalities – they felt they should have a show of their own. Some felt that the usual splendour and eccentric dramatic finishing touches were missing – I agreed. Others liked the ready to wear range, whilst some thought the fabric reminded them of large carry bags.
At the end of the day you cannot please all of the people all of the time. So Mr Tlale I would not take any of these comments to heart – I wonder what your guests would come with if tasked to design 92 ensembles to honour Nelson Mandela in such a short period of time.
Tatum Keshwar wearing the show stopper of the evening looked incredible – I think that we can all agree now that she is definitely your favourite model. She always gets to wear the nice stuff… Mathew Booth also looked magic and added a bit of serious class to the event. Oh and your bags are just stunning – me will be looking for one of them as soon as pay day comes about.
With Jo’ burg Fashion Week in full swing, the talk around town is the finale – the David Tlale collection which will be showcased on the Nelson Mandela Bridge!
David is busy with a 92 piece ready-to-wear collection – 92 models adorned in DJADJI platinum jewelery, designed especially for this collection, will strut their stuff down the catwalk, each model representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s life.
Former Miss SA Tatum Keshwar and 5FM entertainment reporter Jen Su are two of the models, who will participate in this showcase.
FYI: The name DJADJI comes from the African rain queen, Modjadji – let’s hope the rain stays away on Saturday night.
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While I was sitting in Greenside catching up with friends on Friday, I overheard someone adamantly say that “David Tlale is not going to have his fashion show on the Nelson Mandela bridge”. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop. I later discovered that the ‘someone’ works for the City of Johannesburg and insists that they have not approved the show.I don’t know how credible the source is but it’s a cause for concern.
Judging by the amount of people in the media industry who still have not received accreditation for Jo’burg Fashion Week, it seems like the entire event is not going to happen. Or is it going to be so exclusive that government officials are the only ones who’ll be sitting in the front row? Granted the venues are small and space is limited but why hasn’t AFI accredited editors and journalists who have been apart of the build up to the event? Day 1 of Jo’burg Fashion Week is today and I only know a handfull of people who have recieved accreditation, and most of them have no busisness being there.