The feminine allure

Renowned South African fashion designer David Tlale captivated local fashionistas as he took to the Design Indaba Expo fashion ramp.

Tribal inspired prints and the comeback of the white blouse: David Tlale’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection is the sum of modern, authentic, edgy and chic.

The collection, a continuation of Tlale’s Feminine Allure, features striking prints embellished with Swarovski crystals. Each bouquet skirt and “super-high bum shorts” is paired with a white blouse, not only marking the return of the white blouse but also accentuating the eye-catching patterns and colours below. “I believe next summer every woman needs a David Tlale white blouse,” he says. 

Tlale believes the collection is different to his others as it focusses mainly on African prints. “As a brand we have always shunned away from using African prints for the obvious reason that everybody is using it”.  For this particular collection, Tlale’s decision to incorporate African pattern and colour stemmed from his hunger to bring his brand home – back to South Africa.

When asked what the inspiration for the collection was, Tlale simply stated, “I purely want to showcase the beauty that Africa has”.

We have so much diversity and culturally we have so much going on as South Africans. I think it’s time that South African brands start being proud of what we do and promote it on a global scale because nobody does it like we do it as South Africans. 

Feminine Allure was first debuted at New York Fashion Week in September 2014, and showcased for the first time on South African soil at Design Indaba Expo 2015 in collaboration with the Cape Town Fashion Council.