Mass-produce, affordable (but trendy) retailer, Legit, has collaborated with design maestro David Tlale to produce a winter range featuring separates and dresses that include LBDs, Cocktail dresses (some with a roman flair), coats, Tshirts, denim and skirts. Legit is no stranger to collaborations with, previously, South African television personalities and this time, a designer with stripes to prove it is the next one in line.
Since the Z-named Spanish retailer enter the scene (which left me a little worried about South African shopping trends), Legit has stepped up and taken the challenge to go head-to-head with the alien-retailer by following an international trend that has, for instance, seen the likes of Versace for H&M collections disappearing from rails - long before people once could finish a tweet mentioning the opening and certainly filling up the pocket for
To keep you smiling, a lil' birdie tells me the collection ranges to the top bracket being an affordable R400 for an original Tlale design, retailing under the name Van Der Tlale.
|David Tlale in a coat from the Van Der Tlale (VDT) collection with Sonia Booth (wearing Thula Sindi)|
|Celebrity guests included this lady with a wonderful trench coat dress (how Suzaan Heyns 2011 is it?) and Dj Black Coffee|
Although the clothes lack the well-loved Tlale signature, that should not deter anyone from buying as the clothes still pack a few punches (albeit from an infant fist, if the collection is to be compared to a typical Tlale range, but whoever questioned that David cannot produced without theatrics and bling-tricks will really have to lap up their words).
Some my firm favourites from the collection included:
|The LBD served with a kick in the form of an exaggerated torso|
|Stunning Coat with heavy-duty buckles detail batwing coat|
|Greek/Roman persuasion: a few drapes for all bodies|
|Simple but gorgeous. Tailor it somewhere and this is a winner!|
|Pleather detailed skirt|
|Pleather tan short-shorts and gold-embellished shirt|