SA designs on the NY runway

2010-10-24 10:37

He has shown his work across Africa, in Europe and in Asia, so it was only fitting that the Big Apple should get a bite of Thula Sindi’s creativity.

Although the prominent fashion ­designer missed his chance to be there when his collection was showcased in New York for the first time on Friday, Sindi is still excited about what the ­opportunity did for his fashion label.

“I always welcome the opportunity to introduce a new market to my products so I’m very excited about the possibilities the show will yield,” he said.

The event was the inaugural Annual Global Fashion Show New York and was intended to be a “yearly fashion gathering for great charity causes”, said its ­creative director, Ciano Clerjuste.

Sindi says long-standing business trips in Europe prevented him from ­attending the event, but Millen Magese, an accomplished model and friend of his, presented his collection.

Sindi also missed seeing two ­America’s Next Top Model contestants draped in his designs sashaying down the catwalk.

Sindi’s was not the only South ­African brand to show at the event.

Fashion stalwart David Tlale ­ironically also had to miss the event in order to judge a competition in ­Durban that he had booked prior to the invitation.

Magese also presented Tlale’s ­collection, African Butterfly.

Sindi said that of his Mercury Collection consisting of 16 pieces, which was presented at the show, his favourite piece was his “goddess gown”.

“The pleated goddess gown is very striking. It has 30 metres of pleated leopard-printed silk chiffon weightlessly suspended on a black hand-beaded silk tulle under-structure. It is a technical feat I’m particularly proud of,” Sindi said.

Tlale does not have a favourite piece.

“I am excited about the whole collection. It was fun making it and experimenting with so many colours, embellishments and materials,” Tlale gushed.

The DT ensemble showed 18 pieces, as opposed to as many as 54 pieces shown at Africa Fashion Week in June this year.

The show was “a great opportunity for people to see the DT brand emerging again. I’ve shown in New York three times before. It will get people to start talking again. One of our pieces was auctioned off at the show, so someone in New York will be wearing the brand,” Tlale said.

Six other designers were also part of the show, among them Somali-born twins Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim with Mataano, and Haitian-born ­Prajje Jean-Baptiste behind the label Prajje Couture.

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