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MBABANE – South African Fashion Designer David Tlale dressed local models during the recent Sta-sof-fro Soweto Fashion Week.

David Tlale is a South African fashion designer, born in Vosloorus. His work has been showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week. He has also designed collections for major retailers like Edgars. Tlale was a semi-finalist at the South African Fashion Week Elle New Talent Show Competition in 2002. In May 2003, Tlale started design studios in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In 2022, he was conferred with an honorary degree by the Tshwane University of Technology, and he dedicated the degree to his late mother. The Sta-Sof-Fro Soweto Fashion Week (SFW) was hosted this month in South Africa, Joburg Theatre. It was a three-day event which lasted from May 7 to May 10.  Four local models graced the event and they were all showcasing designs of the SA fashion designer. The models are Wendy Baxter, Aphelele Sihlongonyane, Nontsetselelo Mayisela and Melusi ‘Switch’ Kunene.

According to Top Models Eswatini Director Mbalenhle Manana, being dressed by Tlale was a huge achievement for their agency as well as for the models. “David Tlale impressed us with the gesture, to God be the glory. This is big for the models as well as the local modelling industry at large, we were humbled,” she said. Worth mentioning is that Top Models Eswatini will be hosting another fashion show in the country next weekend Saturday. For this fashion show, they have collaborated with Asante Guest House. The fashion show will feature guest designers such as House of Ginosko, which is inspired by Chinese design, culture and traditional aesthetics. The brand integrates elements such as contemporary fashion trends and it has worked with the likes of musician Xowla, actor Thulane Shange, as well as Diary Mbongwa, who is a singer and songwriter. The event will feature a fashion show, traditional food expo and traditional products will be also sold.  

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