Uptown Girl: David Tlale’s diva tendencies spoiled a good thing

2011-02-21 11:07

Saturday night was supposed to be the day history was made. And much like most historical events, people had to suffer for it.

The last show of the Joburg Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 by David Tlale held on the Nelson Mandela Bridge was supposed to dazzle and blow fashionistas out of their seats, but instead they were just too cold to be blown away.

The place was filled with fashion writers, designers, stylists, buyers and everyone who loves fashion and wanted to end the hectic week in style.
Everyone arrived early to book their seats, it was one of those “the early bird gets the best seat” situations.

So those who arrived late found themselves standing behind the “front row” seats. At least the Bold and The Beautiful actors were seated – I’ll call them Noah and Nick Marone because, come now, who really cares about their real names?

The show that was supposed to start at 10.30pm on Saturday, only kicked off on Sunday after midnight.

For more than two hours, Tlale made guests cool their stylish heels. Let’s rephrase: he made them freeze them off.

So, while he should have been grateful that the skies cleared in time for his show, he p***ed off a lot of people with his nasty stunt.

Luckily I was prepared with a warm jacket and, unlike, many people who were excited about the warm night when they chose their outfits, I wore stockings.

When midnight arrived and there was still no sign of the designer, people began leaving in droves because really, who wants to be in the middle of crime-ridden Joburg in the middle of the night? Police or no police, it’s just not safe.

Even the Nick guy from the Bold and the Beautiful quit the bridge: Who does David think he is to make someone from Hollywood wait?

Eventually, Tlale arrived on a motorbike and blithely continued to apologise – and sounded insincere about it.

Frankly, making people wait for that long is disrespectful. No matter how talented he is, he had no right to treat people the way he did.

Unfortunately, it is this type of behaviour that soured a lot people off his entire collection.

Worst of all, while the idea of showing the collection on the bridge was great, the lighting was too bad for people to see the clothing properly.

All in all, most people wished they could have just stayed home and waited to see the pictures.

Now I remember why each year I debate with myself about whether I should or should not attend David’s shows.

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