Tlale takes street fashion to new high

2011-02-19 18:41

History was set to be made in the Johannesburg CBD last night when the much talked-about David Tlale show brought the curtain down on Joburg Fashion Week ­Autumn/Winter 2011.

But the extravaganza almost did not happen.

“It was an excruciating process,” claims Tlale.

“It involved a series of meetings in which every little detail of the show had to ­broken down, from lighting to the pre-drinks session.”

Tlale says he submitted the ­proposal to the City of Joburg in November and was left biting his nails until it was approved just four days before the show.

According to the show’s producer, Jan Malan: “We worked on a comprehensive proposal in which even the businesses in the surrounding area had to be considered.

In order to get approval for the show we had to go through about nine departments including Joburg Tourism, the Johannesburg Road Agency, City of Joburg and even the fire department.”

The show was scheduled to be held on the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge.

Tlale said he came up with the concept while driving over the bridge one evening.

“I realised how beautiful the bridge was, with its lights and structure.

Malan added that the complicated process included getting a structural clearance certificate in order to accommodate the 800 fashionistas, local and international media – including CNN and the BBC, fans and trendspotters attending the show.

Ninety-two models shimmied down the street ramp in David Tlale creations, each one marking a year in Madiba’s life.

Opening the show was the Bold and the Beautiful actress Jacqueline MacInness – who plays Steffy Forrester – taking to the tarmac.

MacInnes is in South Africa to promote the TV soapie.

Tlale made use of the 284-metre road instead of a ramp.

“I wanted to showcase the hard and soft fabrics I used.”

His designs showed tribal influences and also reflected the urban jungle.

Anglo-Platinum Limited’s platinum headdresses, made by emerging jewellers, provided ­another wow element to the ­spectacular show.

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