There was much trepidation in the air on day 1 of the EVARAE SS17 shoot, after 3 months of planning by email across continents we finally all met up at a stunning villa in Constantia, an affluent suburb of Cape Town which leads out to the wine routes and vineyards.
The Villa had a romantic and whimsical feel to it, like something out of a story book and all our nerves faded away as we saw the vision we had spent so long planning coming together.
We started by shooting some of the printed silk resort wear in the surrounding gardens and Marija Piskac our model nailed every shot effortlessly. We then moved to the deep blue pool to shoot one of our hero pieces, the Seona Metal Detail Plunge One Piece and the shots resonated something out of a classic James Bond film.
Our gorgeous model Charissa, who we planned to shoot on Day 2 turned up that afternoon and jumped into action so we could shoot some outfits in doubles, capturing how the EVARAE holiday wardrobe can go from pool to lunch and beach to evening.
After we wrapped up day 1 we headed to the hotel to look through the images over a glass of rose. The view at La Residence, part of the Royal Portfolio Hotel Group in Franschhoek was the perfect setting to unwind http://www.theroyalportfolio.com/la-residence/overview/
Back in our rooms for some much needed rest I had the realisation this is officially my favourite hotel in the world. I have never experienced old fashioned luxury quite like it, matched with a friendly and charming staff that gives you the space you need as well as being incredibly attentive.
Before heading off on day 2 of shooting the next day, we were served a lovely healthy breakfast of brightly coloured mixed fruits in the Great Hall. I then caught up on emails in the most beautiful mobile office I have ever worked at, by the pool.
Ready for the day ahead, we set off for day 2 of the shoot on a boat. Read about it in our next blog post.
Farewell to La Residence , until next year!
Petra Van Raaji
Charissa Du Plessis – Ice Models Management, Cape Town
Hair and make up:
Janine Pritschow at Gloss Artist Management