Thursday, December 11th 2014
"We are the drifters & dancers, sun worshippers & risk takers. The dreamers, the lovers, believers & change makers."
The imagination. A place of dreams and of new futures, of revisited secrets and impossible clarity, a place where we’re nostalgic for the imminent and our memories play on repeat. Where we find our own stories and our intent. We visit often for escape, for inspiration and for crystal vision, to create new ideas and reimagine our old favourites - those that make our heart beat fast.
To us, in the technicolour explosion of weddings that were 2014, imagination seems to have been a little forgotten. The idea of daring to be different became strikingly similar and even the most classic of girls were allured by the idea of being a bohemian (if only for a day). As Pinterest moved from a place of inspiration to a source of replication, where peacock chairs ruled, flower crowns adorned, jewelled headpieces dazzled and impossibly beautiful ideas were played out on repeat, a little of their magic was worn out.
Tired of seeing the same references recreated over and over (as beautiful as they were), we were inspired to reimagine and recreate, to rewrite the rules by finding new ways of doing some of our favourite things. Our final issue for 2014 explores the idea of Bohemia, suffused with the romance of a little restraint and minimalism. We were allured by lighter palettes, new takes on gypsy adornment and paired back wedding decor focussed instead on a breathtaking location where an incredible photographer, a beautiful dress, your closest friends & family & a raw, authentic love is all that is needed.
We travelled deep into the Sahara Desert in Morocco to shoot this month's editorial Infinite Light featuring otherworldly beauty Hanalei Reponty. A place of golden skies and infinite horizons, away from the chaos of Marrakech, where we were completely moved by the bliss in simplicity, bold spaces juxtaposed by effortless styling and a mood of restraint, beautiful in its subtlety.
Looking back on 2014, we feel impelled to encourage finding inspiration but always make it your own, so that your wedding or home decor doesn't look exactly like everyone else's that year. Be careful not to be swept up by trends (because trust us, unless you're truly a bohemian at heart in years to come you'll be forever questioning the feather headpiece worn during the most intimate of moments in your ceremony). Create by finding inspiration in thoughts, feelings and moods, rather than recreating someone else’s event, for the most beautiful weddings are the soulful ones that truly reflect who you are.
Eternally inspired by the idea of rewriting the rules, for those still brave enough to imagine, may this newsletter give you plenty of inspiration and may 2015 be a year of making your own magic. A year of rebirth and of fresh beginnings, a year for the pure and simple, for going your own way, but most of all a year for reimagining all those the things that make your own heart beat fast.
Thursday, October 16th 2014
An iconic New York moment, an intimate cocktail hour presentation of infinitely chic and elegantly poised gowns for the classically stylish girl at the House of Herrera headquarters on 7th avenue, inspired a longing for the purism of lady-like chic and the eternal beauty awoken by the timeless. For those drawn to classicism and tradition and reference this with their signature style, this collection will inspire.
Paying homage to your personal style and choosing a dress that reflects this, is truly something Carolina Herrera inspires. A brand defined by elegance and grace, season after season standing for what they believe in, never straying from their classic chic aesthetic. Carolina herself, the ultimate in refinement and class, becoming synonymous with her signature uniform of crisp white shirts and black tailoring.
For fall bridal, Carolina maintained her polished aesthetic with a number of signature Herrera pieces that were at once refined, impeccably styled and innately sophisticated. There was a minimalistic fitted A line gown with a lace back and button detailing, strapless styles with full skirts and tonal floral beading (paired with long veils) and an all over fitted lace gown with a fluid train and matching off the shoulder, removable overlay (a new shape this season). This bride is elegantly understated and quietly confident.
While Carolina Herrera and this collection isn’t for those looking to dramatically push the boundaries with their bridal look, there was definitely a touch out whimsical romance to be found and these gowns stood our for The LANE as being pieces that could work for a number of aesthetics (even the nonchalant romantic who might not have thought to look to Carolina Herrera for inspiration). There was Chantilly lace over nude tulle, embroidered motifs and laser cut appliques. Silhouettes were sensuous and fluid. Beading and pailette details adding a glistening effect. Our favourite looks were a fitted, ivory long sleeve gown with a tulle skirt and white floral beaded appliqué and an Illusion, cap sleeve top (with floral beading) with a waisted soft tulle skirt. These gowns slightly more effortless, will still be a forever love, a timeless classic!
You can see more coverage from the 2015 Fall Bridal Shows in The Guide.
Photography by Abby Ross
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
After an edgy, ethereal and infinitely cool spring collection, we were so excited to see what Vera Wang did for fall and were treated to a close up look at the incredible range during bridal week. With textural contrast, sensual silhouettes, juxtaposed fabrics, sheer layers of soft tulle, creamy whites, sparkling surfaces and metallic beading– romance was reinvented. Dreamy met edgy and bridal was made fresh and youthful. An alluring blend of non-traditional pieces with romantic fabrics, inspiring the thought that these dresses could be worn absolutely anywhere. Again there was signature Vera with layers of soft tulle in abundance as well as Chantilly lace and handmade floral applique!
While in the past a Vera dress may not have been considered by the nonchalant bohemian, the daringly non-traditional or those looking for an effortless sense of romance, there are a number of looks in the collection that will inspire!
You can see the entire Fall 2015 collection and our full review in The Guide.
Photography by Abby Ross