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Rocky Start for David Tlale as Production Company Pulls Plug at New York Fashion Week 2013



David Thlale & Kelly Cutrone new York Fashion Week 2013 - BellaNaija - September2013
We have been boiling with excitement at the thought of seeing African fashion again at the New York Fashion Week 2013 which begins today. But unfortunately while Africa and the rest of the world was gearing up for a spectacular show, South African designer David Tlale and fashion show producer People’s Revolution, who was producing David’s show, had a falling out.

According to WWD reports, Kelly Cutrone said she resigned from the agreement because her agency wasn’t paid. According to the owner, People’s Revolution was promised a payment of 50% of show fees upon signing and the remaining deposit 48 hours before the show. Apparently as of yesterday, 4th September 2013, Kelly claims she had not been paid any part of the $15,000 fee.

Kelly stated that she told David “if you don’t honor your agreement, you’re no longer in our care.” She also claimed she began e-mailing guests that People’s Revolution was no longer affiliated with the fashion presentation.

When contacted for a response to the allegation, David told people at WWD, “It’s not about me not wanting to pay them. The payments were delayed from my side. They were going to be effective today, but she pulled the plug. She was not willing to wait. We were going to make the entire amount today.

Well, it won’t be New York Fashion Week if there wasn’t some drama. David’s show was still scheduled to hold today at Box in Lincoln Center at 9:30AM.

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  1. slice

    September 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    well, as long as he has the clothes and the models, he can still go on. abi na dem dey sew the clothes. confused

  2. Sexxie

    September 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Cheap PR coy! Cos of small change. Wish David a successful show.

    • asgrl

      September 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      What do you mean? PR for who? David? Do you truly think he would like to be known by other fashion creatives i.e. Stylists, makeup artists, hair dressers, people critical to putting on an awesome show etc as that fashion designer who doesn’t pay on time? Once you get that kind of reputation, you are dead in the water. No one wants to work with you. Especially for such an up and comer

      You think american vendors react the same way African ones do where you’re chasing people for money as though they did you a favor by hiring you? If he truly didn’t pay, Kelly was very much in her right not to execute. Abegiiiii

    • Guest

      September 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      harsh, you obviously dont know anything about Africa. No need to go all africans and americans on this topic. the designer didnt get a chance to pay on time. he explained the money was delayed, transferring money from country to country does take time and seeing that he’s new on the international market, he’s probably learning as he goes along. Give the guy a break.

    • @ajiriavae

      September 6, 2013 at 4:46 am

      I agree with you totally. Yes, he may have had a bit of a hiccup with the funding but in REALITY, that is not her business. I wish him well, though. He still remains one of Africa’s best designers, in my books.

  3. goldfinch

    September 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Kelly “Cut throat” Cutrone of ANTM. She no dey tolerant nonsense o. I like her wella.

  4. Shechi

    September 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    LOVE Kelly Cutrone
    Money for Hand Runway for Ground lol.
    Kelly is a smart chick because lets face it, people promise and NEVER pay up in the fashion business. We can’t blame her, it is rather unfortunate. Wish the designer well, all things happen for a reason. I hope both parties learn from this.

  5. Ib

    September 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Business savyy. NEVER mix business with pleasure.

  6. dlapikin

    September 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    That lady doesn’t look like she is playing!

  7. tatythreesisty

    September 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    “But unfortunately while Africa and the rest of the world
    was gearing up for a spectacular show” ????? It should be “were”
    not “was”!

    • O.T. Dubois

      September 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      LOL. That was your only concern.

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