05 November 2012 by Denise Slabbert

The magnificent Mr Roberts

We take to the streets of Johannesburg with international fashion icon Michael Roberts, who was visiting South Africa for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa.

Michael Roberts in action at the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

When it comes to fashion, Michael Roberts is an international icon. Photographer, writer, stylist, illustrator, author, artist – all these labels apply. He was in town recently to attend the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012 and to shoot a few spreads for ID, a United Kingdom-based avante-garde fashion magazine.

Roberts on set in Johannesburg Roberts on set in Johannesburg

The shoot took place at Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, home to Arts on Main, funky restaurants and galleries, and a colourful place to hang out on a Sunday morning. But Roberts was doing no hanging about, though – he had a pretty long checklist of shots to complete, and by early afternoon had 18 shots in the bag.

From rooftops overlooking the city, to the Arts on Main complex, to the more downtown side of Jo'burg (outside a bottle store, creating lots of attention from the locals), Roberts and his assistant pulled off the near impossible and completed their shoot in record time before heading back to Melrose Arch for the final leg of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa events.

A true professional in every sense of the word, and a mensch to boot.

He might have a voice in the highest of fashion circles, but it was refreshing to see that he was pretty unflappable on a hot Johannesburg morning when facing ridiculous deadlines and less than ideal circumstances – he took the time to make a few jokes, encourage the models and complete his impossible list of shots. A true professional in every sense of the word, and a mensch to boot.

Roberts on location in Maboneng Roberts on location in Maboneng


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