Interpreting the new-season DAVID by David Tlale drop
By Daniël Geldenhuys
The new-season DAVID by David Tlale drop combines that signature Tlale slay factor with summer's laidback elegance. The fan-favourite Spectacular Dress is back, this time in navy and a colourful print. There's an unmistakable Tlale bold-shoulder gold disco dress (here's how Moozlie wrapped up in it at the SA Style Awards), perfect for the party season, and a gold pleated skirt you can dress up or down.
The best buys in the collection are those that could go either way: out on the summer dance floor, in to the boardroom, and everywhere in between. You want to know that you're not just buying into local industry and supporting the economy, but that you're also buying a piece that will work hard to make you look great in a range of scenarios. These are the pieces that do it all.
The Letta bishop sleeve blouse
"From day to night" sounds so cliché, but you can't deny its practicality. This blouse can walk straight from the office to wherever you're headed after. It's a party in the back, and you might even dare to wear it back to front. Although there are quite a few statement design aspects (tied sleeves, buttons in a back neckline designed to mirror the tails below) the top can still function as a blank canvas, ready to be paired with anything from casual jeans to a modern pencil skirt or statement trousers. It's mood and personality dependant.
The Nomzamo flap top and Mmeli palazzo pants in yellow
This power pair functions perfectly as a deconstructed summer suit. Add a bold pair of earrings, some strappy sandals, and you're good to go. They function just as well as separates. Layer the top over a minimal dress for an intriguing summer layering moment, or wear it with denim shorts for a post-swim day on the deck. Take the pants to work, tucking in just about any top and adding a blazer. Add platform heels and a spaghetti-strap crop top for your after 22:00 engagement. And yellow works so well with melanin, just look at how the Pantone Sundays crowd turned up.
The Miriam asymmetric top
Okay, so this one might not be quite as laidback, but we are here for the love of David Tlale, no? This asymmetric top brings to mind a dreamy haute couture fantasy – one you can start living today. Pair with cigarette trousers and sharp heels for a strict, commanding presence. Layer over a crisp white shirt or a classic maxi dress. Finally, take it to the beach. Sound crazy? More like the insta event of the season.