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Prêt-À-Poundo: David Tlale at Lincoln Center [NYFW]

This piece is about the presentqtion of fashion designer David Tlale during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center February 2013.


*Model Maya Samuelsson and Chef Marcus Samuelsson

All pictures by Paul Gor.

South African designer David Tlale utilizes the elements of surprise and expertise as a way to make you travel though his creations & innovations, which have managed to captivate the attention of the fashion industry. Tlale is an acclaimed fashion designer whose work has been published in many magazines and featured prominently in the media.

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*Model Maya Samuelsson and David Tlale

Using the same configuration as last September, the layout of David Tlale's exhibition was static, reflecting Tlale's detailed work in an intimate atmosphere at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. Using static models was key to ensure a real appreciation of his new collection.; it served as a way to see the entire collection in the same room and have the option to slowly absorb the details of each piece and garment, as well as have a close look through the beautiful attire.

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Tlale's attention to detail and material reveals that nothing has been left to chance. Every detail of any garment communicated the spirit of the model wearing it. Over the past decade, Tlale continues to dazzle the industry and has provided substantial input in the development of global attention about designers from Africa. This Fall collection called Decadence was an inspiring and inclusive celebration of his last decade in fashion. Tlale explained it saying, "10 years of elegance, opulence and the magnificence... this is our tenth year anniversary, we are celebrating in decadence."

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Tlale showcased a modern queen and rightfully portrayed a fulfilled woman who loves to draw attention to her sophisticated good taste. We saw remarkable tailoring for beaded dresses and skirts in a color palette ranging between  gold, deep red, beige and brown. By combining traditional values, cutting-edge couture, craftsmanship and innovation, David Tlale illustrates modernity and timeless elegance.

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Best Music of the Week: Maleek Berry, DJ Neptune x Runtown & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Maleek Berry "Let Me Know"

Maleek Berry's excellent Last Daze of Summer EP is still banging pretty much everywhere. "Let Me Know" is the latest track off the EP to get the visual treatment. In the romantic clip, Maleek and the girl he has his eye on head to Cape Town.

DJ Neptune "Why" feat. Runtown

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Kae Sun "Stalk"

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RMBO x Peta Teanet

RMBO, the solo moniker of Tshepang Ramoba (BLK JKS), is readying the release of his upcoming EP. In the meantime, he's sent over this addictive remix of South African disco artist Peta Teanet. "Chachali Malindela" will light up any dance floor.

Ayo Awosika "You're The One"

Nigerian-American singer Ayo Awosika has played stages across the globe as Miley Cyrus' backup singer. She's now stepping out on her own with "You're The One," a sweet and beautiful love letter to Nigeria.

Yaa Yaa "Life" feat. FanteFante

Ghanaian singer Yaa Yaa has released the motivational and uplifting single "LIie," featuring FanteFante. The song's about shaking off life's troubles and pushing on ahead. Check it out above and grab it on iTunes here now.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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