Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week 2012

On the 9th of September 2012, our very own David Tlale descended upon New York in true DT fashion and brought his own unique brand style to the Big Apple.

The show was progressive and showed a fusion of various cultures ranging from African, American, Asian and Indian to Middle Eastern with of course a little drama on the side, which we have come to expect from David.

He brought in these strong cultural influences by making use of ‘gele’ (head gear common in Nigeria), heavily embroidered skirts and pants worn by men in India and long, yellow gowns with dramatically plunging necklines. His message to world was clear; you can’t place me in a box, I am unique and my customer-base who I design for is just as unique!

David had this to say in an interview with Ladybrille Magazine "In the beginning I was a ball of nerves. Worried about how the collection was going to be received. I can now safely say that I am relieved and quite pleased. The reviews have been absolutely amazing. Showcasing at a platform like New York Fashion Week has long been a dream of mine and I’m very happy that the New York market was receptive to my collection. My staff worked very hard on this collection in a very short space of time. We showcased a very urban Africa. The collection exuded elegance and sophistication. I called it “Transcendence,” because I wanted to show a migration from the “perceived” Africa to a more modern and transcendental work that goes through and beyond cultural nuances and the delivery of that work to the global consumer.” — David Tlale

We see it every time David showcases one of his collections, he has his own unique style that pushes the envelope by continuing to innovate in fashion, which he manages to beautifully balance with creativity and functionality. This indeed separates him from many other designers and what will continue to place him on a path of global success and recognition. It might also explain why the likes of Fern Mallis, Founder of New York Fashion Week, and celebrated fashion critic, Suzy Menkes, made time to attend his debut event.

Runway highlights from DAVID TLALE SPRING 2013 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

For those of you would like to see the full sketch of what my avatar looks like! David really knows how to sketch a girl!

For those of you would like to see the full sketch of what my avatar looks like! David really knows how to sketch a girl!

Look at this amazing dress David designed for a shoot in True Love magazine. I love the colours, style and just about everything about it!!

I was lucky enough to spend some time with David at his store in Sandton. How cool is this pic?! I LOVE it!

Look how amazing Claire Mawisa, Judith Sephuma and Zizo Beda looked at the True Love magazine 40th birthday party last night!

Judith (middle) was wearing a beautiful dress that David made especially for her, and amazing she definitely looked!!

David looking amazing at the True Love Magazine 40th birthday celebrations at the Rand Club in Jozi last night 9 May.

A behind the scenes video from the van der Tlale shoot for Legit.

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A quick interview with All Access.

After-show congratulations for the man behind this amazing collection.