Uptown Girl: Why David Tlale’s show was delayed

2011-02-24 10:36

I don’t like anything half done, and that goes for pastry foods, meat and not knowing the reason why my butt had to freeze off on Saturday night while waiting for David Tlale’s show.

So, I spoke to one of the guys who was part of the communications team, Vista Kalipa,who is the go-to guy for Joburg Fashion Week.

So, here’s the email he sent to me:

“I know you were extremely upset about the delay to David’s show and I’m not going to sit here and come up with a justification, but what I will do, just so that you are informed of the real reason behind the delay, is to let you know what caused it.

“As any journalist that was shooting behind the scenes at his studio would tell you, most of the models who were there early had their hair and makeup done timely and also their garments were ready.

“What really caused the delay was that some of the models who were participating in that show were coming from Bus Factory, where they finished the 8.30pm show just before David’s and were meant to then rush over to DT studio for preparations.

“Due to the traffic congestion around that route on the night, it took much longer than expected to transport the models from Bus Factory into David’s studio in Braamfontein.

“When they eventually arrived after 9pm, they then had to get their faces (makeup) done and hair fitted onto them. As you saw, hair and makeup for the show was quite detailed and intricate, which meant that it took more time to do just that.

“So when that was finished, it was only then that models were able to get into the dresses and be ushered onto the bridge for the show to start.
That is the real reason behind the delay.

“I understand people are angry with him (Tlale) because they think that he was just pulling his usual stunts, but really, he was ready for the show this time around. However, logistical challenges were beyond his control. Now at least now you know.”

It would’ve been great if the organisers could have told us right there on the bridge that night. At least people could’ve made an informed decision on whether to wait or to leave.

But, on a happy note, I’m glad to learn that the designer was not at fault because it was beyond me how anybody could be so unfeeling towards his fans, clients and his own mother who was on that bridge along with everyone else.

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