Friday, March 7th 2014
Late last year we decided to say good bye to our beloved LANE newsletters, since lots of our readers were receiving our posts on the rapidly growing platforms ofInstagram and Facebook. However, after so many of you contacted us to let us know how much you missed the inspiration (which we learned was a welcomed interruption from your working week!), we realised how much we missed putting these themed issues & inspirations together for you & also what we took away from delving into each of the themes and concepts.
"The Fashion Issue" this month explores fashion as expressionism. It's always been interesting to look at fashion and style as a reflection of the mood and era that we live in & it's ability to define a generation. Style throughout generations gives us a glimpse into the mood & culture of that time; demure elegant lace of the Victorian era, 1920's flapper dresses as a celebration of change and self expression, effortless bohemian gowns of the free-spirited 1970's. So what defines the style of today's bride?
For this issue we turned to this seasons runway shows in New York and Paris for inspiration that translates perfectly into bridal & bridesmaid fashion. While evidently there are key themes (folkloric prints at Valentino inspired by nomadic modern day gypsies, ethereal whites at Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab, blush pinks throughout resort collections, intricate embellishment at Roberto Cavalli & Emilio Pucci, and kaftan silhouettes at Zuhair Murad & Valentino) what is perhaps more noticeable is the complete mashup & juxtaposition of different trends and the inability to categorise today's woman based on style. The key message is individuality, and it's a powerful statement that I think rings true for today's bride.
I've always been a big believer that your wedding should be a celebration of your individual relationship, a reflection of your personal style & everything that you love. When making fashion choices, let your gown or bridesmaid dresses show your personality. So many brides stick to safe/traditional options and not because they're a traditionalist, but because this is what they know to be "bridal". There are no rules when it comes to bridal style (except maybe that matching prom style bridesmaid dresses remain forever in the 90's! I'm a bridesmaid for some of my best friend's weddings this year and completely hear your frustrations when it comes to the lack of amazing bridesmaid dresses!)
And remember, while I'm sure we all wish we could be adorned in Elie Saab Couture, runway shows as a reference don't have to mean a lavish budget. Use the concepts as inspiration for your bridal looks, pick apart the trends, be inspired to push the boundaries a little and have fun with fashion. Find inspiration in fabric colours, textures & the overall mood & messages of individual shows. For the globe-trotting gypsies, the romantics, the eternally classic and the wild at heart brides, we've put together just a snippet of inspiration the 2014 runways have to offer for bridal party style inspiration.
Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, March 5th 2014
I believe in love at first sight. But I will always believe that the people we love we have loved before. Many, many, many times before. And when we stumble through grace & circumstance and that brilliant illusion of choice to finally meet them again, we feel it faster each time through. That one glance that set life alight is two sets of eyes staring through the layers of lifetimes and stolen glances and first kisses and hands held; the brace against the weight and unrelenting tide of waiting. I believe in love at first sight but am not burdened with the misconception that it's a first sight at all.
- Tyler Knott Gregson
As a website centred largely around weddings, love stories are something we're surrounded by everyday. There are myriad ways we hear about couples finding true love, amazing experiences that have shaped & define their relationship; epic love stories about how two individuals have come together.
And then every now and again we come across couples with a connection so raw and real, it truly takes your breath away. Hannah & Aaron were one of these couples. With a soulful connection so evident in the beautiful engagement story and pictures they submitted to us, we thought they would be the perfect couple to interview for our Tiffany Love Stories series.
Captivated by a pretty girl working across from him in their local shopping centre, Aaron assured his manager he would marry Hannah one day. Stolen glances, wandering thoughts, coffee dates & spontaneous adventures; Hannah & Aaron shared a magical connection. After endless summers spent together, Aaron decided to fly to LA & set up a surprise proposal for Hannah while she was returning from an overseas holiday. Aaron was in the arrival hall holding a giant sign saying 'Will You Marry Me?' which he handmade, individually cutting out hundreds of words that were most meaningful to them. Afterwards the couple searched for the perfect Tiffany & Co engagement ring that Hannah had her heart set on!
To celebrate Tiffany & Co Bridal Month, we thought we would whisk Hannah & Aaron away for a romantic weekend away in Melbourne (staying at the luxe Park Hyatt Hotel!) for a Love Story shoot at the Tiffany & Co boutique, where a Tiffany horse and cart which was set up in front of the store.
These beautifully emotive photographs captured by talented Joseph Willis speak volumes about the amazing connection these two share; a love story symbolised by a Tiffany & Co engagement ring.
Jewellery Tiffany & Co Round Brilliant Ribbon Ring, Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet & Diamonds by the Yard Earrings / Photography Joseph Willis / Styling Tane Meiring / Art Direction Karissa Fanning / Hair & Makeup Karissa McLaren
Tuesday, March 4th 2014
“The Bo & Luca Bride is the girl who walks into a room and exudes that confident bohemian spirit with her own sense of style, she lives her life with passion and is not afraid to be an individual. She dares to be romantic, she dares to be different.“
Enter the Bo & Luca bridal studio in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and you’ll be transported to a place where your soul feels at home. Morning light spilling onto raw wooden floors and racks of whimsical embellished white gowns blowing delicately in the breeze – the loft style space is reminiscent of the retreat of a chic 70’s bohemian icon.
Be greeted by designer Shannon Pittman and you’ll feel like you have arrived in the bedroom of your closest friend to try on her selection of effortless gowns. If there was ever a designer who perfectly embodies her brand than Shannon is it. This girl, like her label, is bohemian glamour at its best. With her stories of exotic adventures abroad, love of her past life in Dubai and an all consuming hunger for immersing herself in cultures of the world, she’ll make you nostalgic for the carefree ease of days gone by and have you dreaming of escaping to far- flung corners of the world. Bohemian and free-spirited brides you will know you have found your place.
Browse the racks of stunning gowns and chic separates from the Bohindi and West Azur collections and be engulfed with a love travel, art, adventure and cultures, which has been woven into the story of the gowns to create a strong bohemian luxe design aesthetic. Effortless silhouettes from luxurious silk georgette and crepe silk fabrics, hand dyed to a creamy off white shade, are given finesse with divine detailing. Camisoles, cuffs and waistbands are hand embellished with silver metallic thread, stones, sequins, faux pearls, crystals, hand cut silk petals and embroidered silk tulips, hinting at an enduring love affair with the carefree attitude of the sultry icons of the 70’s and a celebration of endearing spirits. Jane Birkin, Lara Stone, Jean Shrimpton, Margherita Missoni, Stevie Nicks, Brigitte Bardot, Blondie, Georgia May Jagger and Helena Christensen come instantly to mind.
Try on the gowns and you’ll know when you have found the one. Whether it’s a two-piece skirt and top revealing a hint of midriff, or a heavily beaded mini that captures your heart, you’ll feel like it was designed just for you with the vision of your dream wedding. Shannon knows the personality of today’s effortless bride and it’s clearly at the forefront of her design aesthetic. When we ask her just what it is she loves about the brides that visit her, she tells us…
“I love the raw emotion of when a bride puts on a wedding dress and I love that every single one of them has a different story, a different path, a different love but each and everyone of them shares a common commitment to taking a vow and sharing a life with the one they love. It is inspiring to hear about all their different stories an the creativity behind their wedding day from rustic weddings, garden, beach, town hall, State Library, elopement the list goes on…."
Ask about the design and manufacturing process, like we did, and you will fall a little bit more in love with the collection and label. Pieces are designed by Shannon herself and then manufactured in India, where she is on the ground heavily involved in the process. Sourcing luxurious fabrics and the finest silks from the local silk mills and overseeing the intricate beadwork and embellishment, which is done by master craftsman, who use a unique, artisanal skill known as “Tambour”. The intricate bohemian-inspired headpieces and accessories that have become synonymous with the label (a long list of 200 brides are currently trying to get their hands on one) are also handmade by local jewellers.
Bo & Luca's studio is located in Fortitude Valley Brisbane Australia. Pieces are made to order by appointment at the Bo & Luca showroom. Both the Bohindi and West Azur collections are available to try on, with a new collection to be added in August (Shannon hinted to us Freedom of movement has formed the inspiration for the new collection). Due to the intricate and couture nature of the gowns a 4 month minimum is required (the hand beading alone can take up to 2 months!). We recommend 6 months to avoid disappointment!
US Brides who can't visit the Brisbane studio, for the first time ever Bo & Luca will be showcasing their gowns and accessories to the US market at a San Francisco " Pop Up Event" on March 30th! More details to come shortly.
You can visit the studio by booking an appointment to see their full range of gowns and accessories here.
She is a dreamer and a wanderer of the world. The bohemian luxe bridal designer shares with The LANE some insights …
I'd describe the aesthetic of my workspace as…
Raw, Bohemian, Luxury
I work best when I'm …..
Sitting in a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by interesting architecture, culture and other creative individuals
5 things you'll always find on my desk...
My inspirations' journal & sketchbook, beautiful images of my family and friends, my Macbook and CHOCOLATE
I find inspiration in…
Travel, building interiors, music, architecture, textures, nature, books
I'm currently working on...
Some beautiful bohemian styled pieces to add to a wedding must have list.
Favourite quote that inspires my work…
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail!
How do you help brides determine the perfect Bo & Luca piece for their personal style?
We have created a very relaxed and open environment in our studio, It can often be overwhelming and even sometimes intimidating when trying on your first wedding dress, even if it is your second or third time, we like to identify the style of wedding the bride is trying to create and go from here. A lot of brides have imagined themselves in a specific style wedding dress for a long time, we encourage the bride to play with different silhouettes that they love and pieces they may never have thought of.
Any advice / tips for brides on visiting boutiques and trying on dresses?
Trust your own instinct! Take only two of your closest,trusted friends or family to a fitting, too many opinions is confusing. Purchase a gown that makes you feel like the GODDESS that you are!
Shannon Pittman of Bo & Luca