Lights, cam­era, glam­our!

Be­hind the scenes at our GLAM­OUR’S Most GLAMOUROUS 2017 shoots.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour's Most Glamourous 2017 -

w hat do you get when you mix 10 stun­ning women, two world-class pho­tog­ra­phers, three hair and makeup artists, four rails of ex­quis­ite de­signer gowns, 18 pairs of killer heels and our phe­nom­e­nal fash­ion team? The most glam­orous shoot of them all – and a cel­e­bra­tion of in­di­vid­u­al­ity, self-ex­pres­sion and knock-out style.

The look

“I was in­spired by Coco Chanel’s legacy of clas­sic glam­our, and that be­gins with black and white,” says our fash­ion di­rec­tor Chrisna de Bruyn. She and fash­ion as­sis­tant Ta­nia Du­rand li­aised with de­sign­ers and hit the stores to find stand­out cre­ations, so they could fill the rails with op­tions be­fore mak­ing the fi­nal choices.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jonathan Tay­lor brought our vi­sion to life in Cape Town and Steve Marais worked his magic in Joburg. “Beau­ti­ful light­ing and a sim­ple stu­dio set­ting was all these stun­ning women needed af­ter that,” says Chrisna.

The de­tails

“The bold black-and-white theme called for strong jewellery, so we chose large hoops, lots of dia­manté and retro de­signs,” says Ta­nia. “And then, of course, there were the heels – sky­scraper stilet­tos, em­bel­lished an­kle straps and flat­ter­ing nudes for the es­sen­tial fi­nal touch!”

The am­bi­ence

Our first day of shoot­ing be­gan in Cape Town, with Jenna Mcarthur ar­riv­ing in typ­i­cally strik­ing style, dressed in top-to-toe black. By the time Mishka Pa­tel and Alyssa Cole had joined the crew, the mood was jovial, with mu­sic, self­ies and plenty of chat­ter.

Four days af­ter we’d com­pleted the pho­to­graphs of the Cape Town win­ners, Chrisna and Ta­nia were off to Joburg for the sec­ond round, their bags packed with won­der­ful clothes.

This time, it was Enhle Mbali Ma­phu­mulo who kicked off the pro­ceed­ings with her charm and grace­ful beauty. Hot on her de­signer heels came Cara Frew, Boity Thulo, Lu­lama Wolf and Taryn Louch.

Then it was Mar­i­anne Fassler’s turn; the dra­matic de­signer ar­rived with a se­lec­tion of her own mag­nif­i­cent de­signs to wear, and the cre­ative mood reached a new level – as did the chat­ter.

And by the time we sat down for lunch, the con­ver­sa­tions had ranged from talk of Lu­lama’s trip to Paris Fash­ion Week to Taryn’s favourite rugby player. All proof that true glam­our in­volves spirit as well as style!

And Mar­i­anne Fassler hair Cara Frew at the and makeup sta­tion. Chrisna de Bruyn and Steve Marais.

Mishka Pa­tel and Jonathan Tay­lor.

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