March 25, 2020

New York Fashion Shoot – Behind the scenes | Exotic Principessa

As I write these journal entries, I cannot help but wonder when things will return to some sort of ‘normal’.  I am, however, aware that in this process one should never take an experience, a client, or loved-one for granted.  2020 might not be the 20-plenty we envisioned, but it will surely still be a year in which we all count our blessings, big or small! That being said, I am still beyond grateful for 2019 – it was a watershed year! We had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with destination wedding and fashion photographer, Duwayne Denton, and do a fashion shoot in New York! A few months before my travels to the states, I mentioned to close friend, Alicia Buckle, who is a phenomenal make-up artist, that I would be doing a shoot with Duwayne  in Manhattan.  Alicia, without thinking twice, said that she wanted to join us and be a part of the collab! The three of us had worked together on a few shoots before and, without a doubt, had made a great team.

INSPIRATION: Luxurious, Bold and Elegant – This collaborative fashion shoot in New York pays homage to exotic princesses around the world! Let your mind travel to the far East where bold colours ignite your senses and eccentric details are carved, woven or printed on every surface imagined. Free these spirited fashion elements amongst the fast-paced avenues, slate side-walks and mirrored skyscrapers of Manhattan, metropolitan.  Leaving you with images that epitomize the integration of Western and Eastern elements all beautifully styled to create looks that are aimed at the modern woman that wants to look fashionably empowered yet feminine.

For this fashion shoot in New York, the designer’s enchanting couture confections of pleated tulle, fluid silk chiffon, printed brocade and shimmering sequin embody the essence of handcrafted ensembles which he styled with fine jewelry and luxury leather accessories all locally sourced.

Follow the link to the INSPIRATION VIDEO.

Photography: DuWayne Denton Photography
Videography: DuWayne Denton & Philipp Stuvecke
Couture/Fashion: Stephen Van Eeden Atelier & Lace Blossom by Erna Theron
Hair & Make-up: Alicia Buckle
Location: New York, USA
Model: Janine Tugonon
Jewelry: Viljoen Jewelers – Worcester
Handbags: Xyza Savanna

Below you will see some of the behind-the-scenes images Duwayne took between takes.

Our first location was the Garment District.  One of Duwayne’s photographer colleagues opened up his studio for us to use as a preparation room. We had the privilege to shoot with model, Janine Tugonon – Miss Philippines 2012 and runner-up to Miss Universe 2012.

We styled all our ensembles with Viljoen Jewelers exquisite jewelry and luxurious handbags from Xyza Savanna.

Philipp Stuvecke capturing our first look (Red Chiffon high-low blouse with luxurious satin pants) on a rooftop in Garment district. Below one of Duwayne’s final selection shots was used in the prestigious Val de Vie magazine.

Alicia doing touch-ups before we shoot our third look (Vibrant Pink blouse with ostrich feather details. Lurex brocade twinset) in the eccentric China Town.  Bride Vogue featured another shot on their instagram account.

This was the ULTIMATE! We did our last few scenes on an amazing rooftop in China Town with the magnificent Manhattan Skyline as our back drop! Below everyone that made this shoot a success and this experience unforgettable! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!