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Dia de los Muertos

Today marks the traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’. The Mexicans believe in honoring the dead and find beauty in the macabre – the ornate Mexican sugar skull is the most well known symbol of the tradition. These bright, flora and heart-festooned totems have become popular symbols of otherness in Western pop culture over time, and are more and more frequently incorporated into everything from textiles, to tattoos, art and fashion. This weekend I actually  attended the opening of the Wildfire exhibit at Yours Truly, and fell in love with an engraved wooden skull, one of two, which were the first ones to be marked with red ‘sold’ stickers. My own house has been sharing space with skulls for some time already, and the increasing popularity of the skull motif has done nothing to abate my obsession.

A couple of weeks ago my very own Mexican death skull participated in a Dia de los Muertos shoot for Dossier, and I have the privilege of publishing a sneak preview of it today. Photographed by Antonia Steyn, the shoot was styled and art directed by my dear friend Crystal Birch (with the help of stylist Chloe Andrea), and serves as a visual compendium of local queen of print play Maya Prass‘ work over the last decade. One of Maya’s first interns back in the day, Crystal raided Maya’s Woodstock studio for the purposes of the shoot, and I really think that Maya’s surreal ruffles, neon-on-neon prints and textured boleros give the Dia de los Muertos theme a dose of lusty femininity.

Crystal accessorised each look with insane Ida Elsje jewellery and head pieces (I’m a huge fan – do yourselves a favour and go check out her Church Street studio!), which were recently shown at both the Africa and New York Fashion Weeks. Frida Kahlo-esque braids and matte neon eyes by One League make-up artist Nandi Fourie play up the bewitching symmetry of 16 year old model Katryn Kruger‘s delicate features.

Keep an eye out for the full shoot in Dossier soon – let me just say that Crystal created an epic tiered ball gown of a dress from a mass of Maya Prass ruffled skirts and it is a sight to behold.

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Brett Rubin

This evening I am meeting with talented local fashion photographer, Brett Rubin, and I am so looking forward to it! Brett has worked with the likes of Stiaan Louw, Suzaan Heyns and Margot Molyneux, and has such vision and passion for what he does.

Brett supplied all the images for an article that I wrote for international creative magazine Schon! (just gone to print, will share as soon as I have it in my paws!), and we are meeting to discuss more collaborations. He was incredibly patient and good-natured throughout the putting together of the article, patiently sending through the massive files I requested all the way up until Christmas day.

Brett’s work is all impressive, but I especially love the ‘Somewhere in the Night’ campaign he recently shot for Suzaan Heyns – such an unusual way to create a really potent and clear feeling around the collection.

His work on Stiaan Louw‘s A/W 2010 lookbook is also something to behold – the stark beauty of the Karoo landscape coupled with Stiaan’s pared down, beautifully detailed garments is breathtaking.

Have a look at the rest of Brett’s portfolio here.