Tlale receiving the Arise Designer of the Year award.

South African designer David Tlale will be showing his latest collection at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, taking place in Bryant Park, New York City, on September 11th.

His show will form part of the Promise of Africa Collective Show, together with designers Tiffany Amber, Jewel by Lisa and Eric Raisina.

Tlale, who is openly gay, was the recent winner of the Arise Designer of the Year award at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards.

“David richly deserves this opportunity after showing a succession of dazzling collections here in Africa,” said Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe, from African Fashion International (AFI), owners of Arise Africa Fashion Week and the Arise Africa Fashion Awards.

“It is part of our vision to develop designers and having been with him in Paris we are now proud to see him show at yet another internationally-acclaimed fashion week such as New York Fashion Week”, she added.

“Showing at New York Fashion Week has long been a dream of mine and I couldn’t be more grateful to AFI and Arise for affording me this opportunity. I’m very optimistic about my collection for New York Fashion Week. I’ve chosen to title it Cultural Intimacy, because that is what I’m hoping to do: bring the world closer to the diverse cultures of our continent through visual and moving art. I will tell the African story in the way that I know best,” said Tlale.

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