Friday, November 17th 2017
Earlier this year we were given a dream brief to create a retail event for Maniamania, to launch their Midnight collection, and style the full range of ceremonial jewels on show for the first time.
The starting point was the raw beauty of their aesthetic and diversity of stones (watery sapphires, rutilated quartz, opals & champagne diamonds..) What we love about Maniamania is that their designs accentuate the natural qualities of gemstones - rather than commercially used diamond cuts that create perfectly sparkling diamonds, they use vintage ‘rose’ or ‘old mine’ cuts designed to show the authentic colour, shape and form of a stone. The result is beautifully understated, artful and nostalgic.
To style the event, we chose La Porte Deux's blank canvas space with polished concrete floors & mirrored walls to display a retail table of jewels displayed on geometric marble and stone pieces in muted palettes of stone, slate and marble. Drawing on the dark jewel tone palette of Maniamania’s midnight collection, the incredible Anise Event Catering team created the most decadent display of desserts, canapés and cheese for a grazing table styled with giant broken slabs of marble and stone offcuts (handmade chocolate truffles with gold leaf, tempered chocolate leaves.. marquise, fresh blackberries, muscatels and white pepper lavish broken into uneven shards, oysters with macadamia milk & sashimi with wild caviar!). While talented beauty Tash Wolf played live, we sipped on floral infused gin cocktails with Davidson plum (sampling the new Applewood Distillery Gin), and Lazy Ballerina Rose served in crystal cut glassware.
Sydney floral artist George Low of Seed Flora created bold installations of conceptual florals using feathery textures and deep berry toned callalillies, anthuriums & orchids. Finally, we finished the event space with our focal piece - a giant Christopher Boots Prometheus crystal pendant suspended over the retail table… one we’ve been lusting over for our own homes, but got the chance to admire at least for one night.
To see the full collection, head to the Maniamania website where you can shop online, as well as book a one on one consultation for a bespoke piece.
A big thanks to this talented bunch of creatives, and suppliers that we had the pleasure of working with…
Creative Direction & Production The LANE / Styling The LANE x Poco Designs / Photography Alli Oughtred Venue La Porte Deux / Entertainment Tash Wolf / Video Cry Baby Productions / Catering & Cocktails Anise Event Catering / Flowers Seed Flora / Makeup for Tash Wolf Sonia Allen / Beverages Reyes - Rose: Lazy Ballerina, Gin: Applewood Distillery Gin / Gift Bags Maniamania & Divine Company
DECOR: Light Installation Christopher Boots / Marble Table Urban Couture Design / Glassware The Vintage Kitchen / Marble & Stone Pieces The LANE / Candle Holders Rab Labs / Grazing Table Ceramics Wynne Noble
Monday, October 16th 2017
We’re excited to announce that we are hosting & styling an exclusive cocktail event with Maniamania on Thursday November 9th in Sydney, where you can shop the new MIDNIGHT collection of ceremonial and engagement rings and meet designers Melanie and Tamila.
Join us for a decadent evening of cocktails and fine jewellery at La Porte Space Rosebery from 5:30 - 7:30pm.Numbers are strictly limited so please register at [email protected] to receive your invitation.
Invitation Design by Bliss and Bone
Sunday, October 8th 2017
There’s a tipping point, always. Where a trajectory moving forward organically and effortlessly, can be sabotaged by the allure of excess. The seduction of more. There a fine line between a pure, inimitable beauty that stems from a love of creating, and blandness that spills from work consumed by commercialism. A line Naeem Khan walks with grace.
Backstage, engulfed by racks of ornate beading and artful silhouettes, Naeem candidly shares what separates his work. How, in a sea of sameness that can often be NY Bridal Week, he keeps evolving. Elevating. Bending what we know as bridal, every single season.
And the answer - it’s passion. Choosing life and creativity first, business second. Putting art before advertising. Making sure the reason you started in the first place, remains at the heart of what you do, never dulled by the stresses that come with taking on more than we need to. But when it comes to business and career, it’s something we don’t check in with often. We almost blindly follow those logical next steps. We reach for growth because we can, without considering where on that scale brings us greatest personal happiness. That magic space that is the very alchemy for beautiful creative work - our own personal imprint.
And at that tipping point of success, it takes boldness to follow the other path - the illogical, messier, and sometimes less profitable one, that makes sense to nobody but you. To recognize that our individual pillars of success differ from person to person, and they’re not always the ones society celebrates and encourages. But for Naeem, it’s crystal clear. Success for him is about personal happiness that flows from creativity. A pillar he’s built his entire career around, making sure nothing interferes with his love of making art, for arts sake.
Money isn’t a motivator. He couldn’t care less about industry trends. He’s never bothered with market research. He’s kept his team at a small size and free from hierarchy (we’ve seen him backstage each season getting his hands dirty, working tirelessly like every other seamstress fussing over last minute details). For Naeem it’s about teamwork, slow living, and pursuing passions outside of work (one of which he says is cooking, finding creativity in preparting a meal for his team of 14 every day… boss of the century!).
Not allured by the temptation of ‘more’ just because it’s right there in front of him, acutely aware of how much is just enough, Naeem’s created a beautiful, comfortable life, rich in diversity. And the happiness that spills from that balance is the tonic for his work - designs that bowl you over with their beauty. Pieces that flicker with an unpredictable magic. The kind that spark something inside you. And remind you why you started.
See our coverage of the Naeem Khan Fall 2018 runway show on The LANE Style Guide.