Luthando Shosha, also known as LootLove is a celebrated South African television presenter and radio personality. Designer Lezanne Viviers ‘a collector and maker of beautiful things’ recently got the opportunity to dress her for a conceptual shoot featuring apparel from her winter collection shot by Andrew Berry of The Bread.
AW2020 META-MORE-FORCE TRANSFORM-A-NATION.
“This synchronised collaborative shoot of LootLove and Krone at Lotus House, captured the time of stillness and quietness within a time of solitude during Covid-19; finding comfort in one’s own home,” Lezanne Viviers.
We talk to both LootLove and Lezanne about the message behind the looks:
LootLove: At this point, as a black woman in South Africa and a mother to two girls, I pray that the world learns to embrace our power so they don’t have to hurt us, kill us, oppress us in order to feel powerful. The future to me is one that is safe for us to exist in without having to look over our shoulder or feel unsafe around people we trust. A future where we are allowed to step into our highest selves. A future where the unconditional love we constantly exude is reciprocated.
LootLove: Women have always broken barriers, changed the world, fought for justice, stood up for those we love, all I want is for us to be protected and safe while we conquer the world. I hope you speak up for women, fight for women, support women and uplift women.
LootLove: I’ve had to look at where I come from to understand where I’m going. This means a moment in time that is timeless and transcends generations.
LootLove: Definitely Night Nectar. It tastes like the most beautiful sunset.
Lezanne: This capsule of garments was intended as elevated loungewear that forms a part of our Winter Essentials collection, launched just after Lockdown Level 4. These garments were created for our AW2020 META-MORE-FORCE TRANSFORM-A-NATION showcase, which is rooted in change and versatility. We strived to create pieces that are both beautiful and functional, intended to provide the wearer with both physical and emotional comfort.
Lezanne: Loot is an individual who knows exactly who she is, what she likes and what suits her and she uses the power of clothes as a tool for change, transformation and often activism. Loot chose these garments for their adaptability; all the clothes she chose, could be worn with Timberlands or dressed up with high-heels, depending on her mood and the occasion.
Lezanne: I am always fascinated by how flat garments unfold into multi-dimensional, sculptural object once worn. Loot’s buoyant, seductive nature blossomed and transformed these flat forms, yet still revealed a kind and gracious humility I got to know in Loot. Clothes have the ability to project the imagination, yet to reveal so much character while being worn; exactly what happened the moment Loot wore these garments.
Lezanne: VIVIERS and Krone shares in the magic of ritual, the strength of community, the beauty within the mundane moments in life and the value of artisanal hand-made specialty South African products. Krone’s tradition of hand-picking their grapes under the stars and VIVIERS’ mutual celebration of the beautiful human energy transmuted through hand-work, binds us even tighter as a community, yet preserving the distinct characteristics of the individual brands.
Lezanne: Lockdown turned us all into amateur cooks at home. Sweet treats like the icing of home baked goods inspired us all to find comfort in innocent sweetness and cuteness. The Krone Night Nectar Rosé, with its prevalent aromas of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries complements our Pink Pyjama Suit made from towelling, another home comfort in the icy winter cold.