Thursday, 20 March 2014

Meeting David Tlale Thanks to Elle

David Tlale, Khensani Mohlatlole and Josh Lubinsky in his Maboneng studioDavid Tlale, Khensani Mohlatlole and Josh Lubinsky in his Maboneng studio
I'm ready to die now.
Not even joking.

You know how you read or hear about really amazing competitions in fashion magazines/websites/Twitter and you think to yourself, "Man, how cool would it be if I won?" But then you turn the page or look at one gifs of Dylan O'Brien on Tumblr and forget about it. A week or so later you see you one of the winners and you sigh because you wish you could be one of those people that always win these things.

Well, that is not a reality for me anymore.

The Elle Magazine blog ran a competition recently where a lucky reader and a friend would receive the chance to go to a day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (fuh free), get dressed by David Tlale and meet Minnie Dlamini. All that the hopeful inviduals had to do was describe how they would dress Minnie.
And I won. (Here's my entry if you don't believe me.)
Like, me: the girl who's never so much as won an unsalted raisin in a packet of peanuts and raisins.
Obviously the Universe has grown tired of its Pick on Khensani game and granted me such a gift. To quote another cool Khensani (whose blog you should check out), I've "won at life."
david tlale's studio on fox street
david tlale's moodboard in his studio
portraits of david tlale
I took Josh as my valuable friend and for the first part of the prize we got to go to David Tlale's studio in the Maboneng Precinct (the coolest place in the whole province - I've blogged about the Musuem of African Design that's located there) and have a dress fitting. I know. We're getting dressed by David Tlale - David Tlale whose slayed at every fashion week since ever, David Tlale who killed it at New York Fashion Week this year, David Tlale whose show in 2012 was the first fashion show I'd ever attended.

Unfortunately I showed up forty-minutes late (everything cool in Jo'burg is placed ridiculously far apart and no one in the CBD understands what a green light is) and as soon as I ran into the studio, I was shocked speechless. It was literally the most glamourous, minimalistic thing ever. Sheena, the assistant Elle fashion editor was really nice and accommodating and reduced my nerves right before she went to get David.

Does that man fill a room. He had such a presence to him and I felt like I was presenting a speech for assembly in grade five all over again.

"Hello, I'm David." He said and held out his hand.
I know, I thought but instead I said, "Hi, I'm Khensani. Iamsosorryforbeinglate."
"I could slap you." And in a cloud of soothing, musky cologne he was already onto the next thing.
David Tlale and Khensani Mohlatlole in his Maboneng studio
David Tlale and Josh Lubinsky in his Maboneng studio
Josh Lubinsky and Khesani Mohlatlole at David Tlale's Maboneng studio
After getting to touch the prettiest, well-constructed clothing and fell apart a little inside because I wouldn't be allowed to keep any of it (it was straight off the runway!) (I did, however, reconstruct myself when I realised that I was sample size), we took a walk around the precinct before retiring to Pata Pata for a snack.

The Maboneng Precinct is the best place to be mostly because it's all the amazing feels of being in the city but without the scary folktales of Melville and Parktown where people are "constantly" get hijacked, robbed and who knows what else. There are also really funky restaurants with live performances, local artwork and things like cheese boards. As well as really love independent stores with "so tumblr" items. If I could move there <sighs and looks off into the horizon>.
maboneng precinct, johannesburg
maboneng precinct, johannesburg
graffit wall on fox street, maboneng
graffit on fox street, maboneng

My crop top and boyfriend jeans are from Cotton On, trainers from Pull and Bear in Istanbul, Mr Price bag, jacket and hat. And of course Josh looked like a sweg trap.
commissioner street, maboneng precinct
josh and khensani having ice tea at pata pata maboneng
josh having a cheeseboard and ice tea at pata pata maboneng
khensani having a cheeseboard and ice tea at pata pata maboneng
We got a cheeseboard (which we split because we're broke and being in the city makes one want to pretend to be on some fad diet from the 1940s).
josh lubinsky at pata pata
josh on his phone at pata pata maboneng precinct
josh on his phone at pata pata maboneng precinct
selfies at pata pata maboneng
I'm preparing a eulogy for my friends to give at my funeral because I AM SO HAPPY I COULD DIE.
Khenzo xx
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  1. Woo well done! both you and josh look hella cute and this. sounds. incredible. xxo

    1. also just nominated you for a liebster award on my blog if you wanna check it out!xx

    2. Thank you so much. It has been the most incredible thing ever. And I can't wait to check out the Liebster.

  2. Oh my god, congrats! What an amazing prize, it sounds like you had so much fun! This gives me hope that I too could win one of those contest that always seem so out of reach.

    1. They do until they're not - which is exactly what people who always won things used to tell me but it's actually true.

  3. Forever jealous of your level of winning. Congrats, babe!

  4. Amazing you lucky duck. Can't wait for more on FW. <3

  5. that's amazing! Well done you :) looks like you had an amazing time and you took such cute photos. Thank you so much for your lovely commen ton my blog too!!! <3 xx

  6. Sooo lucky! You both seem like good company xo

    I have a new post, btw! It`s called "ANTIMATTER"
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  7. you guys look amazing! Uhh man you are living the dream and you also like Dylan O'Brian? (this is the def of winning) are you planning on seeing the Maze Runner?. i'm in love with those patchwork pants. :) Excited to see what you do next. <3

    1. Thank you!
      Dylan O'Brie(a?)n is so much of fun. I'd love to see Maze Runner but I don't think it's going to reach South Africa for a while (we literally receive E V E R Y T H I N G last)/

  8. Wow, congrats! Some girls really are lucky :)

  9. Absolutely stunning photographs xx

  10. Aren't you just the luckiest?


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