For this is­sue’s main fash­ion shoot, the team had a hot air bal­loon ad­ven­ture at the picturesque De Hoek Coun­try Ho­tel

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FASHION -

Pic­ture a grand, but not too or­nate build­ing set against the back­drop of the sprawl­ing Ma­galies­berg, sur­rounded by lush green­ery and a calm­ing river. The air is clean and fresh; the build­ing big enough for that lux­ury feel yet small enough to re­tain a quaint charm. De Hoek Coun­try Ho­tel was the ideal lo­ca­tion for this is­sue’s fash­ion sto­ries. We packed up the team and headed just an hour out of busy ohannesburg to the serene sur­round­ings of the ve star ho­tel.

De Hoek has the per­fect mix of tra­di­tion and new world, with its stone walls that sit next to the mod­ern up­grade of the ho­tel’s re­cent ex­pan­sion. The coun­try ho­tel is also proud of its gourmet din­ing o er­ing, and rightly so. Michael Holen­stein leads the team of chefs in cre­at­ing the most de­li­cious food ex­pe­ri­ences ev­ery day, us­ing only the best in­gre­di­ents sourced for his daily bak­ery, ve course din­ner ex­pe­ri­ences and culi­nary mas­ter­pieces.

While the main aim for most visi­tors is to un­wind and re­lax, we bus­ied our­selves with all the ho­tel had to o er river walks, cro­quet and, of course, a hot air bal­loon­ing ad­ven­ture. While per­haps not a typ­i­cal set­ting for a fash­ion shoot, the gi­ant bal­loon, pro­vided by the friendly team at Air Ven­tures, set the stage for one of our most ex­cit­ing fash­ion sto­ries yet. Turn to p53 to see the re­sults! De Hoek Coun­try Ho­tel 014 577 9600 De­hoek.com Air Ven­tures 083 356 2435 Air-ven­tures.co.za

On set with model Crys­tal Gayle, pho­tog­ra­pher Steve Tanchel, hair stylist Saadique Ryk­lief, fash­ion di­rec­tor Sharon Becker and pho­tog­ra­pher’s as­sis­tant Chris Bezuiden­hout

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