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African Queen: Go behind the scenes on our October fashion shoot

Let the boldness of South African Halsted prints unleash your wild side

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  • October Shoot

    Diana Tor at Elite wears Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik and Hermès.

    Fabrics by Halsted Design, lamp by Ardmore Ceramic Art.

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    The Savana Dance silk scarf designed by Ardmore artists, Hermes.

    Black loop-stitch knit coat, Georgio Armani.

    Ochre satin cropped flares, Jenny Packham.

    Hippo Flower Night fabric (on headboard), Bird Crossing Sunset cushion and Bird Crossing Sunset fabric (on bed), all Halsted Design.

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    Twilaine Eperon d’Or print bandana dress cashmere and silk, Hermès.

    Chete ruby ring, Aya.

    Lamp, Ardmore Ceramic Art.

    Bird Crossing Cardinal Teal fabric (on lampshade), Hippo Flower Night and Bird Crossing Cardinal Teal cushions and Bird Crossing Sunset and Bird Crossing Night fabrics, all Halsted Design.

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    Printed aqua and orange silk satin and wool dress, Dior.

    Kawaii bracelets in gold and yellow calfskin and La Marche de Savana large enamel bracelet, Hermès.

    Chete ruby, Chete emerald and Amanzi ruby rings, Aya.

    The Savana Dance silk scarves, Hermès.

    Croc Persimmon fabric (on chair), Leopord Lights Kingfisher fabric (on table) and Croc Sunset napkin, all Halsted Design.

  • La Marche du Zambèze silk scarf (on head), Hermès.

    Black matte velvet Windsor evening dress, Ralph Lauren.

    Amanzi ruby and Chete emerald rings, Mosi-oa-tunya emerald earrings, both Aya.

    Bird Crossing Night fabric (wall and table), Hippo flower night fabric (chair), all Halsted Design.

    Jug, Ardmore Ceramic Art.

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    The Savana Dance silk scarf (on head), Hermès.

    La Marche du Zambèze silk scarf designed by Ardmore artists (on top), Hermès.

    Gold Liquid Mikado Marissa skirt, Ralph Lauren.

    Sprig Stripe Desert Bone fabric, Royal Leopard Mist runner, Royal Leopard Delta runner, Bird Crossing Night cushions, all Halsted Design.

    On the shelves, silverware, Patrick Mavros, ceramics, Ardmore Ceramic Art.

  • Silk dress, Alberta Ferretti.

    Chete ruby, Chete emerald and Amanzi ruby rings, Aya.

    Qalakabusha ottoman and Bird Crossing Sunset cushion, both Halsted Design.

Go behind the scenes on Country & Town House’s October fashion shoot, where Francesca Barrow takes us for a walk on the wild side with bold prints and luxurious fabrics.

The Shoot

Transporting us both in time and place, October’s shoot oozes essences of tropical daydreams. Hermès scarves bring a touch of the fifties to this shoot, while high-necked silks and the loosely curled blonde locks of cover girl, Diana Tor, send us swirling back to the seventies.

Exuding tropical glamour with sun-kissed cheeks and orange-red lips that hold their own among the lavish and hallucinatory prints from Halsted Design, October’s model, elegantly strewn across the furniture of The Saville Suite at Chelsea Harbour Hotel is almost other-worldly.

While the warming orange tones throughout the shoot spark thoughts of fallen leaves and October pumpkins as we head into Autumn, it is ultimately a secret desire for an Indian Summer that is left to linger.

The Team

Evoking dreams of Africa, the October Issue Shoot was directed by Francesca Barrow and photographed by Andres Reynaga, with the help of hair stylist Takanori Yamaguchi and makeup artist Yuko Fredriksson.

About Halsted Design

Founded in 2013 in South Africa, Halsted Design had the single mission to transform African art into global design.

The sister company to world-renowned Ardmore Ceramic Art, Halsted wanted to share the designs of the ceramics with the world by creating more accessible products.

The first collection was inspired by the original artwork of the handmade ceramics and designed together in the Natal Midlands.


Other designers featured include Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, Hermès, Georgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Aya, Jenny Packham, Patrick Mavros, and Ralph Lauren

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