NEW YORK, February 11, 2014/ FW/ — Entitled ‘David Tlale Discusses His Fall 2014 Collection’, renowned for his intricate and elaborate designs, David Tlale’s brand defies convention with its unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, color and texture.
Regarding the story behind his Fall 2014 collection, David Tlale expressed “New York, like a proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes. My first journey to New York reflects basics of a typical tourist, it evoked yearning despite horror stories I heard in my country about New York City and I asked myself, why should Frizt Langs’ Metropolis be a piece of reality somewhere in the under-ground? Or that unforgettable breakfast at Tiffany’s. Where even the ugly return to you the beautiful boundless soul of its inhabitants.”
Fashion Windows editor Darby Radcliff catches up with the designer, David Tlale to discuss his Fall/Winter 2014 collection.
What was the inspiration for your Fall 2014 collection?
New York, like a proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes. My first journey to New York reflects basics of a typical tourist, it evoked yearning despite horror stories I heard in my country about New York City and I asked myself, why should Frizt Langs’ Metropolis be a piece of reality somewhere in the under-ground? Or that unforgettable breakfast at Tiffany’s, where even the ugly returns to you the beautiful boundless soul of its inhabitants.
What were your favorite materials and hues used in your Fall 2014 collection?
Feminine meets urban chic with clean continues lines, elementary forms, fabric manipulation and play with textures. There is a sense of going back to basics with round necklines, clean cut shapes and focus on fit and design. Luxury and opulence take on a new palette, muted tones, rich nudes, midnight blues, hints of black and metallic accents. Textures include soft leathers, wool crêpe, brocades, silk chiffons, mesh and lace. Fabric bonding and laser cutting are some technics incorporated into the collection. There is a signature element of sparkle with hand beading embellishment and reflective surfaces.
What are your favorite looks in the collection?
I’m quite happy with the whole collection, in fact I’m dearly pleased with how it turned out. But, I must state that the nudes took my own breath away.
What’s next for your brand?
We’re busy meeting with potential buyers this week and setting up appointments with stores, boutiques and showrooms who’re interested in us. So, we feel quite good about this at the moment. We’re going to keep establishing the brand in the United States, via platforms such as New York Fashion Week. We plan to penetrate the market and eventually make our mark here. We want to stock boutiques and stores and establish a very strong local clientele.
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