With structural cityscape elements as our shoot backdrop, we woke up to a particularly misty morning in Greenpoint. After a bit of waiting around for the mist to lift we decided to start shooting with a white sky. After the initial weather hesitation everything seemed to fall nicely in sync, with even the unanticipated cloud cover from the foreshore working in our favour.
We took an all round minimalist approach to each element of the shoot. The styling consisted of contemporary clean cut lines and structured garments offset against textural stone and grey flyover walls and architecture. Neutral garment shades with accents of blush pink and metallics added a strong femininity to the story. Jen kept the hair beautifully loose and free flowing, with strong brows and a perfect highlighted complexion to enhance Jeanni’s natural beauty. Lesca matched all the looks perfectly to each location producing a beautiful end product.
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Model: Jeanni // Boss
Photographer: Lesca Lea
Styling: Lyal Seba // Sixlove
Hair & Makeup: Jen Fechter // Gloss
I absolutely love the successful Esprit #Imperfect campaign that’s been going on for a few seasons. The campaign showcases quirky and unique models in fun poses being themselves. It celebrates that our imperfections are what actually make us cool, resulting in them not really being imperfections at all.
So I was very stoked to be asked to do the incidentals product styling off the back of this massive campaign setup. With music blasting, models dancing and acting crazy on different coloured sets and us shooting the catalogue products in the background, this was one of the most fun , energetic shoots of the season. Check out the Spring ’16 catalogue at http://www.esprit.com/imperfect/lookbook/.
Joining the likes of Topshop, Zara and River Island, H&M has landed on Cape Town shores. The much anticipated (and long anticipated) arrival of H&M has been welcomed by a glitzy double storey flagship store in the Waterfront. The Waterfront has been bustling with unusually high volumes of human traffic since the official opening on 17 October, so I’ve steered away from all the commotion until today. The store boasts an upstairs and downstairs floor, the one ladieswear and other menswear, including an activewear, kids and accessories department amongst others. Just in time for summer, H&M is yet another addition to the Waterfront’s choice of A list stores.
Copper carries a sense of retro. It’s one of the oldest metals known to man, being instrumental to the name “The Bronze Age”, yet it is versatile and slick enough in the most contemporary environments. The resurgence of copper is modernised by using it juxtaposed with slick and minimal interiors and decor. A hint of yesteryear combined with a glimpse of tomorrow.
Country Road have a gorgeous range of copper items that make it oh so easy to combine these treasures into our homes whilst Cape Town vintage lighting company Hoy P’loy is jazzing up our light fittings with these beautiful copper fitted pendant lights. With the artisanal touch, copper promises never to disappoint.
Above: Copper cube and mug from Country Road. Below: Copper cubes and copper frame from Country Road, Pendant light fitting & bulb from Hoy P’loy.
Images: https://instagram.com/lyalseba & www.hoiploy.com.
Season in Cape Town flies by at warp speed, with hardly any time to reflect on what’s gone on from one job to the next. As a stylist you get booked on a multitude of different genre jobs from fashion campaigns, commercials and catalogues to prop styling. The Spring Summer 2015 kids campaign was one where I did the props styling, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now in winter, with time to reflect and grey skies outside, it’s inspiring to see how bright pops of colour and pantone swatches turned into electric painted beach huts, colourful bunting and bright surfboards for the beach shoot, whilst a more pastel country palate combined with fabric tee pees, large windmills, flowers and carts featured in the country version of the campaign. I even got to work with my goddaughter Maia (in the blue jumpsuit) for the country shoot. Doing kids props is really fun and whimsical and takes one back to the playful thought process of being a child. I really had fun with this one.