It's hard to imagine that David Tlale only entered the fashion scene in 2003 when he won the Elle New Talent competition, and named best designer by the Sunday Times. His designs are always challenging convention and displaying a little boldness. His fabric exudes luxury and the models are statuesque,gliding down the runway with the stealth of thoroughbreds. He always chooses to display his collection against a backdrop that is unusual. This year, his bridal collection took place at another venue of note, being a prominent art gallery, where all guests were seated in the front row. Filled with ghost chairs and parading to the music of Maria Callas, he certainly succeeded in leaving us in awe. He has also shown in New York and has become one of South Africa's most sought after designers. His collection includes a ready to wear range which can be found at the flagship store in Sandton, and at the Bromwelll in Cape Town. David totally defied expectations and excelled to the top, ranking well with those who hold distinguished style and quality in high regard.