David Tlale honours Madiba at Joburg Fashion Week

Joburg Fashion Week is in full swing and what better way to celebrate icons than with our very own icon Nelson Mandela?

Local fashion designer and StyleScoop favourite, David Tlale plans to give Johannesburg a taste of what’s truly “Made in the City” when he reveals his 2011 Autumn/Winter collections on the Nelson Mandela Bridge at Joburg Fashion Week on 19 February, 2011.

“The City of Johannesburg is buzzing with vibrant energy, urban structures and all that is reflective of the 21st Century Africa and it boasts one of the most respected statesman, Madiba, as its resident. So, I will send out 92 models down the Nelson Mandela Bridge, each one representing every year that Madiba has lived: his age. This is huge,” says Tlale.

The Modjadji Crown, one of the 18 jewellery pieces that were specially designed for David Tlale’s show by Djadji Platinum. The plain and corrugated visor-like headband is Sterling silver and weighs 3.85kg.

Tlale is the first designer ever to showcase on a monumental structure such as the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and he says there is reason behind his decision.

“I’m really excited about this collection because we have also gone back to the drawing board and captured the essence of fashion design and infused it with the David Tlale aesthetic. It symbolizes a new direction and captures the essence of city life,” adds Tlale.

To accessorise this collection, Tlale has formed a strategic partnership with the Joburg-based Anglo-Platinum Limited, who will fully complement his collection.

The David Tlale show will be staged as the finale show of the Joburg Fashion Week, which runs from 15-19 February at various locations around the City of Joburg.

For more information on David Tlale’s “Made in the City” collection, please visit www.davidtlale.com. For details on Joburg Fashion Week 2011 visit www.jfw2011.co.za.

Dimi Ingle

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