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David Tlale – “Fashion is a Product, it says I’m Beautiful, Buy Me”

Thanks to ALL for helping with a #WickedSetUp and #WickedShoot it sure shows in the Video!



Being on Schedule to participate as Your own Brand in #NYFashionWeek, is like Winning a GOLD Medal at the Olympics, especially as it is the gateway to the fashion worlds biggest market.  Just under 2 years ago our very own #KingOfFashion – David Tlale – did just that!  Now if it was anybody else, they would have played it safe, but it wasn’t anybody else – it was David Tlale.  So what did he do, he dispensed with Styling the Models Hair and instead went for Head Pieces, Clean faces and Bold Lips, and it worked – the reviews were Stunning.


You can imagine then, how ecstatic we were when David Tlale accepted our invitation to participate in our inaugural FranklyWild PowerHalfHour FashionShow series.  In case you’re wondering what a PowerHalfHour is, it is a combination of a catwalk, an installation (Models act as Mannequins) and a Buyers Lounge – all in the space of half an hour!  If you’re still wondering, then it is best you pop down to Emperors Palace in Jozi this coming weekend (12th & 13th July) and see for yourself.  It is also the inaugural event for The East Rand Wedding Show so it is going to be a very exciting weekend indeed, especially for all those Brides-to-be that are joining us.

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To promote the event we asked David Tlale to pop into the Studio for a shoot.  Being the Gentleman he is, he did exactly that.  What we didn’t know is that he had just spent the week abroad, had spent the weekend in Cape Town, and was due to leave for the States the following day – but pop into the Studio he did!  When we asked him about the ‘jet lag’ he answered, “I don’t have time for it, when I’m tired I sleep”.  I suppose that is what sets David apart from the rest & why David is renowned for designing garments for Woman who want to make a statement #SexyPowerfulWoman #MakingAnEntrance #LoveDrama #HighFashion #ExcitingFabrics #CommandAttention


Knowing David, if you’re at the show, you may just get a chance to meet him!  So pop down and come and say Hi……! Tickets are available on Webtickets or at the Door.


Makeup was compliments of @KBeautySA #KardashianBeauty @SavannaJardine & Hair was by @Dr_Foil #HairGenius.  Thanks also to @ERWedding #TheEastRandWeddingShow for giving us an Event to Showcase our New #FranklyWild #PowerHalfHour #FashionShow Series, and of course @EmperorsPalace #YourPalaceOfDreams for the upcoming Venue.

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I have a Shot at the Title…!

Little did 13 young ladies realise a few weeks back, how talented and special they really are.


Something tells me that even now, some of them still may not realise it…maybe that’s a good thing, but over the next few weeks they are going to find out fast, just how hard you have to work to get that SHOT!  Few young ladies ever get to have a ‘Shot at the Title‘, but these young girls have certainly earned theirs!


We cast over 130 people to be in our maiden FranklyWild #PowerHalfHourFashionShow, something we conceptualised just a few months ago, this coming July at the East Rand Wedding Show at Emperors Palace; featuring two of the countries hottest designers and the industry’s leading Bridal supplier.


On Monday we took the top 30 girls from the original casting, gave them some time to prepare, and then chose the final 13.  I know it was nerve racking for some, but the truth of it is, that it was actually a really good opportunity.  It was a real life experience for the girls, and as we all know experience equals success.  At the very least all the girls that attended got to experience a professional industry casting, and for the talented 13 they get to taste a little more.


We’re shooting with them in the Studio today, so let’s take a look at some of the results.  Some of them might just have a Shot At The Title…!

Makeup by @KBeautySA #KardashianBeautySA, Hair by @Dr_Foil #DrFoilHairGenius, Styling by #JacelynAtVanita, Outfits by #PronoviasMTM & #VanitaLingerie














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Mrs South Africa Pageant 2013…


We were first introduced to the Mrs South Africa (Mrs SA) finalists during our last week of preparation for the Sandton Fashion Show we produced in August.  The Pageant Director Joani Johnson met with us at Annica’s, a rather delectable upmarket Restaurant in the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton, where you get spoilt rotten every time you visit.  From spectacular Hors d’oeuvres to mouth watering mains I’ve not tasted finer cuisine for a while, so don’t let me get started on their Cake Alchemy, especially their champagne pairing!

Annica's in the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton is hard to beat for the finest Jozi Cuisine...

Annica’s in the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton is hard to beat for the finest Jozi Cuisine…

Getting back to the Mrs SA finalists at our Sandton show.  We were in our last week of preparation but fortunately, being FranklyWild, we could accommodate.  We slotted the ladies in for a fitting on the Wednesday before the Show, and I must say, I can’t recall having met a finer group of Women anywhere.  I was having a bad day so when I met the first of the Mrs SA contestants Roelien, who greeted me with a welcoming smile, the stress of the morning lifted right off my shoulders.  Thanks Roelien!

Roelien Kroon

Roelien Kroon

These Ladies are rather remarkable, a dress fitting on the Wednesday and a Star performance at the weekend – minimal preparation 100% commitment.  I suppose that is what the pageant is all about.  We couldn’t host all of the contestants as they live around the country but for those we did host, it was spectacular.  Some of the fun from our Show with the Ladies in pictures…



On Saturday night, the Mrs SA 2013 Grand Final was held at Emperors Palace in Jozi.  As you can probably already tell by now, we at FranklyWild prefer to tell our stories in images with as little narration as necessary.  However, it is important to mention the remarkable work that these woman do during the course of their campaigning for this Grand Final.  Each of them goes into her community and makes a difference.  They work closely with those in their community that need their help the most, and provide if even just for a day, some brief respite from their daily toils and hardship.

A @_FranklyWild #ShoutOut to the @MrsSAPageant #2013Finalists – the work you all did over these last few months was remarkable…..Thanks

All of our 2013 Finalists for the Mrs SA Pageant...

All of our 2013 Finalists for the Mrs SA Pageant…

Now let’s get to the fun stuff.  You can always tell the calibre of a Show by the Audiences & invited Guests that attend.  Well this was no exception.  The remarkable Simba from our SABC 3 TopBilling Television Show was MC for the evening, a role he shared with the gorgeous Amor Vittone!  Their relationship on stage was fun to watch, especially the part where Amor invited Simba to stay on stage and sing and dance with her!  Haha, loved it – well done Simba!


Simba is fast becoming a formidable MC, and looking the part too…!


Before I continue with the Final Show on Saturday night I thought that we might share some moments from the Media launch earlier in the Week…


Possibly one of my favourite shots of the Ladies, enjoying lunch on Friday afternoon after rehearsals – hungry and relaxed…!


Amor entertained us during the course of the evening with various tracks from her numerous albums and I must say looked #Amazing on the Night…!


And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it was that time again – the Final Countdown.  When 22 become 10, and 10 become 5 and 5 become 3, and 3 become 1….!  The ladies looked #Stunning on the night, none more so than our eventual Winner.  Earlier in the evening the ladies were introduced to us, and they shared with us their ambitions as well as the good work they had done during the course of the pageant.  As I mentioned earlier, this is perhaps the part of the Pageantry that is the most important.  Encouraging our contestants to go out into the community and show the rest of us how it is done.  This is the perfect time to introduce some of our Celebs that were there on the night, as just like the contestants, they too have done amazing work within their local community to make a difference.  Let’s see who was there….


Before I actually introduce you to the Final 3 and the Winner I found some interesting shots of our Gorgeous Judges whilst they were being introduced to the contestants on the night, and whilst they were fiercely deliberating…


As the tension mounted during the course of the evening, and as each of us was trying to put together our top 3 contestants for the crown, the Judges had a challenging job at best deciding who would be the winner of the R600’000 prize and an opportunity to carry the crown for a year and do some noteworthy work for the Pageant during the course of their reign.  As the Final 5 were announced, Roelien Kroon, Debbie Braun, Chantelle Swart, Kholofelo Chademanah, and Chane de Kock; those of us that had spent time with the contestants in the run up to the Final night were not too surprised as we had all enjoyed and some time or another the worthy attributes that had given these last 5 contestants a chance at the title.  Anyone who had spent some time with Kholo, knows that she is as crazy as she is fun, and a dream to work with.  In fact, her husband is even crazier than she is if that is at all possible!

Annica's at the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton is hard to beat for the finest Cuisine around Jozi...

Annica’s at the Michelangelo Towers Mall in Sandton is hard to beat for the finest Cuisine around Jozi…

Kholofelo was crowned our worthy 2nd princess…


Chantelle Swart who we had also first encountered at our Sandton show was crowned our 1st Princess for this year….


A worthy Winner, I’m sure you’ll all agree, all the way from one of our finest Wine regions Stellenbosch – Chane de Kock.  Let’s have a look at her road to Victory…


All in all it was a fantastic evening hosting some of the country’s best people.  Thanks to all that made it a special evening, and thanks especially to the amazing contestants that showed us all what we should be doing within our communities over the next 12 months.  You Ladies were spectacular, thanks for sharing your journey with us…


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