The Intern by David Tlale at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Nothing excites me more than up & coming designers, especially at Fashion Week. The work is always inspired and because these young designers are often showing a small collection the cohesion when watching their shows is seamless. But enough of the technicalities, young or up & coming designers excite me because it means that there is an industry that designers aspire to be part of and create for. We, the consumers (South African consumers), just need to put our money where our mouths are and stop raving about designers during fashion week and start buying their clothes. The industry, can’t exist without the consumer.

Enough with that now. Let’s talk “The Intern” by David Tlale.

Granted “The Intern” is a catchy term, but in fact “The Intern” by David Tlale was a runway show made up of 5 collections from 5 talented “interns”: Maxwell Welile Boko, Cindy Mfabe, Mbali Buthelezi, Ntando Ngwenya and Siphosihle Masango.

Maxwell Welile Boko and Mbali Buthelezi stood out for me. Boko and Buthelezi’s collections were all about contemporary shapes, cutouts, graphic pleats and simple silhouettes. Maxwell Welile Boko kept his tightly cohesive collection, exactly that with a monochrome collection in blue and Mbali Buthelezi played around a bit and colour blocked orange and light grey. The collections stood out for me because besides how beautifully styled they were, the individual pieces made a statement, like Maxwell Welile Boko’s top with a pleated apron and cutout.

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