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David Tlale presents “The African Emperor Butterfly” at 2010 Africa Fashion Week

Ijeoma Balogun

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David Tlale’s collection presented at Africa Fashion Week is undoubtedly one of my favourites so far! I don’t know if it is the alluring  lush of pinks, the sinister blacks or the angelic whites that got me, but the collection is all wonderful for me!

He gives us sophisticated glamour, with the cocktail dresses, drama and a taste of the romantic with the exaggerated ruffles engulfing the skirts,sleeves and bodice and we witness the power of the floral print to spice up a mini dress, be a perfect complement to excellent drapery and capture the essence of nicely tailored pants!

It is a very bold collection with a large number of statement pieces as he induces a lot of volume to his designs, there are voluminous skirts and sleeves, but he so easily balances out the collection; as he graciously transitions from the more daring to the elegant, and slightly tamed pieces which are more every woman friendly.

What I love is he continues to show his diversity, stretching on his creativity yet keeping things wearable, but all with that extra oomph! to them.

He opts for a more streamlined silhouette for some of the white pieces in this collection, which he enhances with embellishments, feather, shred and lace details, to keep it all fresh! And for the fuller skirts there is  that quirky splash of ombre dye.

It’s an enchanting colour feast and he even has the men embracing them! The pinks, yellows, the oranges, the metallics and the addition of sequins make the collection come alive; and I admire his decision to explore two extremes; white and black and piece it all up with a rainbow of exciting hues!

View “The African Emperor Butterfly” below:

Credit : Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

27 Comments

  1. Toothsy

    July 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Nice and unique in its own wear. I see some pieces i can easily rock . Kudos!

  2. cricket

    July 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    too much costumes .. but some nice wearable stuffs too

  3. pweetyprincesss

    July 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    chai……ds guy is good…very creative…..still in awe ow he came up with some ideas

  4. Mandy

    July 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Now, this is what you call fashion! Love it!

  5. Nneka

    July 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Fab collection!!!!

  6. Tee

    July 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    its a shame that in AFRICAN fashion week – we can’t champion fuller figured
    model – instead they’ve gone for the western idea of beauty. SHAME

  7. MIssy

    July 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Very Creative

  8. FASHIONGURU

    July 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Wow!. LOVE LOVE LOVE THE COLLECTION..SO MUCH UNIQUE DETAILS. EVEN THE GUYS LOOKED HOT IN THEIR OUTFITS. VERY RISQUE. NICE

  9. nino

    July 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    @ TEE…CLOTHES LOOK BETTER ON SKINNY WOMEN….IT DOESNT MEAN THAT THEY CANT MAKE TO MEASURE FOR FULLER WOMEN…
    DONT COMPLAIN….
    LOVES IT…..

  10. Tosin

    July 2, 2010 at 12:15 am

    @ Nino – i see you’ve succumbed to fashion magazines idea of beauty!

    ‘clothes look better on skinny women’? I beg to differ.

    Clothes look good on beautiful people – we are not talking about flabs all over the place.
    But well proportioned women – there is nothing wrong with that now!
    …..lest we take attention away from the beautiful collection.

    Well done Mr Tlale – very beatiful/wearable pieces

  11. Peperempe

    July 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It’s a stunningly beautiful collection by Mr. Tlale. The drama and showmanship of this collection is absolutely fantastic and sooo African!

    By the way, clothes do not “look better on skinny women”. Can’t tell you how many times I see aforeign celeb wearing a dress with gaps everywhere; on her chest , at the sides, at the back, I mean how does that look good.A model should be able to fill out the garment properly. I think the whole promotion of the overly-skinny aesthetic has more to do with profit than the beauty of the clothes.

  12. cynthia

    July 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Stand up Mr Tlale and show yourself!! What a creative mind, to me he is arguably the numero uno in African fashion.

  13. Otaki

    July 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

    some nice, some clumsy.

  14. The EDITRIX

    July 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Oh la la…Beatiful! Beautiful!This collection is reminiscent of the works of
    Giambattista Valli.The water color prints are to die for. iWant! And I want all the clothes

    Well done

  15. yaya

    July 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    na wah

  16. jukal

    July 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    i dont like the extreme frou frou but the more balanced looks are awesome!!
    Not too keen on the menswear though

  17. THE AMAKA

    July 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    lovely collection. so artistic.
    i agree with tosin and tee

  18. PalmwineTapper

    July 4, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Hate it.
    His clothes are ill-fitted, poor sewing and designs look like after-thoughts…
    Very few good pieces.

  19. Blossom

    July 5, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The white one with the long leg-slit and the drapy top looks very Beyonce-ish.

  20. ofentse

    July 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I love the clothes need 2 come in & show u something

  21. Thembi

    August 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    It’s people like you that make people like us feel like their dream their dreams are within reach

  22. charlene

    August 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    very interesting pinks, i love the cheek and very stylish blacks but i feel that some of the designs were boringly overdone. Overall, fabulous designs and lovely detaillings.

  23. zoleka

    August 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    U ar such a role model 2 me. Keep up gud work.

  24. michelle

    August 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

    wonderful…an by the way pink is ma favourate coulor bt i think u overdone it.nice collections once again.

  25. Dominic

    December 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Dave, i am speechless, all i can say is that U ROCK Buddy.come 2011, i am only gonna be dressed by David Tlale.

  26. Neo

    February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

    WOW!!! Beauty at its best

  27. azemahle

    March 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    wow wow wow wow wow wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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