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BK Style & My Arts For Brooklyn Fashion Week & AMF with Longstreet Fashion Store


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I had a wonderful shoot this past week with Patrick Ryan Photography in Cape Town for Brooklyn Fashion Week & My Arts International in their collaboration to strengthen ties between South Africa and New York. This partnership is under the UN Millennium 2015 Program and sees a host of fashion-related events in both cities. I’m very proud to be the South African ambassador for this movement and to be working with them on organising the “Art Meets Fashion Event” in Johannesburg this year (the first of many events the two nations have partnered to do).

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The event offers a platform for fashion designers and artists to showcase their work, trade and network. Taking place at Constitution Hill The Star newspaper has taken the title sponsorship of the event in Johannesburg, officially making it “The Star Art Meets Fashion Joburg”. Shooting in Simonstown at the Old Navy Base, we were very pleased for Longstreet Fashion Store to come on board (stores in Cavendish, Tygervalley, V&A Waterfront) and supply the clothing for the shoot. Other events this year include:

Arts Meets Fashion, Johannesburg (Trade, Exhibitions, Arts Development Workshops)| 24 & 25 April 2014, Johannesburg

Arts Meets Fashion, Cape Town (Trade, Exhibitions, Arts Development Workshops) | 1 & 2 May 2014, Cape-Town

SA Lifestyle Expo “Taste of AfriKa” (incorporating Mandela day celebration) | 17 & 18 July 2014, New York

Hollywood Black Film Festival – Afrika (Film workshops, Screening, Talent scouting, Nomination for HBFF awards) | August 2014, South Africa (Venue TBC)

Arts Meets Fashion, New York | September 2014, New York

Fashion Week Brooklyn | October 2014, Brooklyn

Hollywood Black Film Festival | October 2014, Los Angeles

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Lady Gaga and Belvedere Vodka Celebrate ARTPOP Album Launch at Annabel’s in London


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On Friday, 6th December, Lady Gaga and Belvedere Vodka returned to Annabel’s for an intimate performance of songs from the Grammy® Award-winning artist’s new album “ARTPOP”, released in November. In 2011, the music and fashion icon held a similar private performance to launch “Born This Way”and both Belvedere Vodka and Annabel’s were thrilled to welcome her back.

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5 Ideas for a Great Themed Party


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1 I went to a “Dirt Sexy Money” / Great Gatsby party last week & it was amazing! I thought that I’d gather some great ideas for you if you’re thinking about having a themed party this festive season. Whether you’re looking to get together for an evening filled with glitz & glam, or a relaxed cocktail hour in honour of a special occasion….. Here are some awesome ideas to give your party that creative boost! All you need is a stocked bar, a few fun themes and a little inspiration for a bash where the drinks are second to the scenery.

Great Gatbsy

With the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, the Swinging Twenties are making a comeback in everything from fashion to design to event planning. Get into the spirit by throwing an unforgettable party the way only Jay Gatsby would have, with lively music, decadent food and more champagne than your guests know what to do with! Celebrate like they did in the Swinging Twenties with these fabulous ideas.

The Inspiration

Great Gatsby Party Invite
“The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan brought in $348.8 million at the Box Office

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The Invite

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The Table

The Treats

MINT JULEP

Greet your guests with a refreshing mint julep, a classic drink from the ‘20s.

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

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TIERED CAKES

If you’re opting for a beautiful dessert table or just some munchies during cocktail hour, layer your table with different heights for the biggest impact. This tiered tray not only has a vintage vibe, but it’s the perfect platter to display your petit fours or finger sandwiches.CAKE STANDS GREAT GATSBY PARTY

The Decor

MASON JAR CANDLES

Using mason jars as candleholders was all the rage for garden parties in the 1920s. Line your dining table or hang them from the trees if you’re throwing a stylish outdoor party. Mason Jar Candles Great Gatsby Themed Parties

GAMES

Keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour with a games table set up. From checkers to cards to dominoes, these timeless games will create a lighthearted atmosphere that’s a staple of any Great Gatsby party. Great Gatsby Themed Party Chess Set

seven deadly sins

Take it up a notch with this sexy theme which lends itself to creative food, music, costumes & decor. “The Seven Deadly Sins” are a classification of objectionable vices that have been used since early Christian times.

    • Lust an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body
    • Gluttony the over-indulgence of anything to the point of waste
    • Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work
    • Envy the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation
    • Wrath strong vengeful anger or indignation
    • Pride excessive belief in one’s own abilities. Often interpreted as Vanity.
    • Greed an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth

The Inspiration

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Seven Deadly Sins Party

The Invite

Seven Deadly Sins Themes

The Dress

The Food

Theme your food & cocktails using colours to represent the sins.

Red – Lust

One drink I can think of is Sangria (I had a lot of it when I was in Spain!)

SERVES 8:

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 750ml bottle red wine (see note)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale
  1. Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon. Cut each slice into small wedges and place in a large bowl. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine 1 1/2 cups wine, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups soft drink, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a jug. Add half the apple mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining ingredients in another jug.
  3. Spoon crushed ice into 8 tall glasses. Pour over sangria. Serve.

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Purple – Vanity

Green – Envy

Blue – Sloth

Yellow – Greed

Pink – Gluttony

Orange – Wrath

indiana jones party

Get out your adventure instincts with this Indiana Jones Party. Transform your party space into an adventure zone inspired by 4×4 trucks, khaki wear, ropes, maps, treasure & more Indi-inspired decor!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Invite

The Food

mardis gras

If you can’t make it down to New Orleans, host a Mardi Gras themed party. Mardis Gras 2014  is happening on Sunday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 5th. The official colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power. Give your home a wild, jaw-dropping transformation with a bold, eclectic collection of Mardi Gras decorations to recreate the mood of the South. Drape purple, gold, and green gossamer throughout your party area.

The Inspiration

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The Food

The Invite

The Decor

alice in wonderland

Who could forget the famous novel by Lewis Carroll? Take your guests down the rabbit hole with this creative & original idea for a party. Alternatively, name it the “Madhatter’s Tea Party” and create a world for your guests to explore & get carried away in!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Food

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll

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What Lies Beneath Shoot with Sarah part 2


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The next morning our protagonist wakes up in her hotel room with a red rose and a letter outside her door. It’s from her husband, apologizing for his affair and begging for her forgiveness. He confesses everything, along with the fact that he secretly flew in from his business trip in Vermont just to watch her show. In the letter he tells her how magnificent her performance was and how much he loves her and how sorry he is. He asks, with one single red rose, if she will accept his apology and forgive him. He writes about the dreams and plans for their lives together which they once had. He wants to re-ignite those dreams, as well as the flame between them. Our protagonist reads the letter and is taken back to a time when they were indeed very much in love and shared many dreams. She thinks about their memories and the passionate times they’ve shared together as she decides what she will do.

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1. The Rose. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The red rose was also adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. Obviously the rose is the perfect symbol of the love between our protagonist and her husband, as well as the beauty of their relationship. The red is associated with blood which is also poignant as blood is connected to life. It is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients around our body, as well as playing a role in removing waste from our system. In a way, this symbol represents that he wishes to remove the ‘waste’ that has accumulated in their relationship – culminating in the toxic affair. As blood also plays a role in repair in our bodies, so this symbol serves furthermore to represent his wish to take the first steps toward repairing the life they have together that has been wounded. Again, the red of the rose playing a role as a motif throughout our story. See it’s symbolism HERE

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2. Perfume. While she is relieved, she is unsure what to do. She wonders about whether or not she will forgive him as she gets ready. On her dressing table is everything beautiful, delicate, feminine and luxurious. It represents her inner self and the side of herself she is confident in, unlike their relationship which she is unsure of. We have her seated at her dressing table as she remembers all their loving times together. She sprays on her favourite perfume. It’s the same scent she was wearing when they first met, on a romantic rainy evening years ago, and this moment takes her back to that time. The definition of perfume is “A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor”, made up of the word “fuming” – To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to. This is symbolic as these memories are like a pleasing fragrance to a troubled mind. She thinks back to their gentle and sensual first kiss.

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3. Music. Finally she makes her decision. She decides to forgive him and give their love another try. Her exuberance in spirit is matched only by her cheeky smile as she realizes that “she’s still got it!“. Her husband has chosen to stay with her over his mistress. There is a sense of triumph mixed with lighthearted relief. Their love is indeed the same beautiful song she’s remembered all along. We have her sitting next to a piano, with her smile at the outcome of her tragedy as the symbolic Crescendo in the musical score that was this story. 

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Here are some behind-the-scenes pics:

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What Lies Beneath Shoot with Sarah part 1


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So I’ve just done another shoot with my favourite photographer Sarah KeoghShe is so professional with such a great eye and is very good at what she does!! I had a lot of fun with her on this shoot and also with Nina Thompson at  Kinky Curly Straight Hair Design who did my make-up and hair. Together we shot a stunning editorial with a story about a passionate love. Our protagonist is an old hollywood theatre doyenne and as the story begins, she finds herself in a majestic opera house preparing for her performance in a few hours. She is decked in pearls, lace, fur and diamonds. She is surrounded by luxury, but as she walks through the gilded rooms she is torn inside. She knows her husband is having an affair. We have the first shots of her alone around the beautiful, golden theatre. She is angst-ridden and upset. She doubts herself, questions their love, worries about the future of a marriage she thought would never end. She feels betrayed, confused, unsure and lifeless. Yet, she knows she has to put on a mask for the world in a few hours when she performs on stage for hundreds of people. She puts her bravest face on for the world, while beneath she’s far from together.  She wants to tell him the truth about her feelings, but decides it might be best not to. We have a rich surrounding of opulence on the surface with deeper layers of a less-than-lavish sadness.

I liked the symbology of the props we used:

1. Pearls. Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us. The woman in our story has always been faithful to her husband. She’s honest, pure of heart and values her own integrity as well as the integrity of the relationship. But now that’s all been thrown into question. She needs to believe it hasn’t all been for nothing. Through all the anxiety, she clings on to what she’s always held dear and appeals to her greater wisdom to make sense of it all and guide her to make the best decision for her future.

2. Gold. As well as being associated with power, strength and wealth, Gold is associated with the wisdom of aging and fruition. The fiftieth wedding anniversary is golden. Our precious latter years are sometimes considered “golden years”. The height of a civilization is referred to as a “golden age”. In the same way, our protagonist feels a connection to gold as she she feels she has grown up beyond her years. Her life has catapulted her into the limelight very quickly and she is experiencing her golden years at a young age. Through this she has attained great power, wealth, strength and influence. However, she has had to sacrifice her youth and naivety.  She’s learnt hard life lessons that have pushed her spiritually, emotionally and psychologically beyond the age of her peers. As a result she feels alone in the world, with the red velvet settees her only companions.

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3. The Mirror. Reflecting surfaces as well as the natural reflective surface of the water plays an important role in the religious concepts of many people. It is believed that somebody who gazes at his own reflection will lose his soul in the process. Therefore Narcissus, who was in love with his own reflection, was doomed. This was because his soul was ‘captured’. In many customs, in order to bar the dead from staying on earth, people veiled the mirrors in the death chamber (especially true in the Victorian era). This was to ensure that the soul of the departed would not get trapped behind the glass and be prevented from passing to ‘the other side. The woman in our story gazes at her reflection and it is symbolic of her feeling scared and trapped in the situation she’s in. She feels she can never escape. At the same time, she wonders if she would in fact want to, as it is a means of validation of her existence. If she escaped, she might fall into nothingness and cease to exist.

4. The Star. For centuries, the symbol of the star has been used to reference  divinity, intuition, the feminine, hope and guidance.  Stars offer the unique ability to guide us through the night. They can also  refer to one’s need to discover their own inner light.  Stars exists above us as well as within us. They encourage us to reach beyond our own egos and trust in something much greater than ourselves. The woman in our story has a star around her neck, representing she has found her inner light and values her intuition to guide her in times of darkness. This is one such time, with the problem of an unfaithful spouse, and she puts her trust in her inner spirit to give her hope and guidance.

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5. The Camera. The camera is symbolic of capturing truth. This is what our protagonist wants. She remembers back to good times of when her husband and her first met. She remembers the truth in the feelings she had and in the passion they had during that time, as well as the freedom she felt in it. She wants to capture that again. 
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6. Red. Red is the color of blood, rubies and strawberries. Next to orange at the end of the visible spectrum of light, red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger. Red is a very ancient colour, spanning across all cultures.  Red was associated with life, health, and victory. But, like many colors, it also had a negative association, with heat, destruction and evil. A prayer in ancient Egypt to god Isis said: “Oh Isis, protect me from all things evil and red.” A red dye called Kermes was made beginning in the Neolithic Period by drying and then crushing the bodies of the females of a tiny scale insect in the genus Kermes, primarily Kermes vermilio. The insects live on the sap of certain trees, especially the Kermes oak tree near the Mediterranean region. Kermes is also mentioned in the Bible. In the Book of Exodus, God instructs Moses to have the Israelites bring him an offering including cloth “of blue, and purple, and scarlet.” In ancient India, the rubia plant has been used to make dye. A piece of cotton dyed with rubia dated to the third millennium BC was found at an archaeological site at Mohenjo-daro. It has been used by Indian monks and hermits for centuries to dye their robes. In Ancient China, artisans were making red and black painted pottery as early as the Yangshao Culture period (5000-3000 BC). A red-painted wooden bowl was found at a Neolithic site in Yuyao, Zhejiang. Other red-painted ceremonial objects have been found at other sites dating to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-221 BC). In our story, there is of course the subtle thread of all the qualities of the colour red. The fiery relationship she and her husband share, the passionate love, the beauty of their connection. The healthy life they lived together victorious in their union. Now, the danger of his affair and its threat to destroy their life together. Her anger runs through her veins like blood. It’s a strong motif that runs through our whole story. 
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7. Hair. The end of this part of the story sees the silhouette of our protagonist onstage in the spotlight shining on her while she grips the mic. All eyes of the world are on her now. This is her side profile; indicative of the moment just before she turns to face the world, when she will put on her ‘game face’ and perform. Hair is very symbolic in many cultures. No other part of the body seems to hold such a variety of symbolic power as the hair. It is both part of our body, and therefore part of our individual identity, and yet at the same time it is changeable. Generally when it is loose it indicates we are relaxed and in our natural state (hence the saying “to let your hair down”). When we put our hair up, it is indicative of composure. Our protagonist needs to remain composed and pull herself together. She cannot brood and think anymore, for she has a duty to fulfill as a performer for her audience. Part of that performance will be to dance, to sing, to act and to be happy and positive. Her hair reflects her state of mind in this moment as she steps into her pseudo-reality.