Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
Anna Sheffield is a designer forging her own formidable path. A true pioneer in an industry of copy cats. She designs intuitively. Inimitably. Just as admirers of her work even attempt to recreate her magic, we’ve her watched her shift, evolve, and dream up new collections so wildly beyond anything we could conjure, with a gaze set too far on the horizon to even notice. A creative mind we’re forever entranced by, and a presence so charismatically cool we’re left in awe not just of her exquisite jewelry, but her entire brand, ethos and the infectious passion she has for her work, and the brides she creates for.
After a little brainstorm one day in NYC, we were obsessed with the idea of bringing Anna out to Australia knowing just how rare it is to have access to her jewelry here, and that our Aussie brides would love her as much as we do. A little bit of planning later, a dreamy Sydney studio space spilling with celestial jewels, drinks flowing, crystal readings taking place and Niki de Saint DJ’ing… and we had ourselves a magical event to celebrate Anna’s new Celestine collection. And I guess what we can only describe as a swarm of people through the door flocking to gilded jewelry boxes (at first completely bypassing the flowing champagne and decadent grazing table!) was all the proof we needed!
See the full Celestial collection on the Anna Sheffield website.
Styling by: The LANE
Photography: Sophie Thompson
Venue: Bo and Luca Bridal Boutique, Surry Hills
Entertainment: Niki de Saint
Celestite Crystals: The Living Fossil Gallery
Glass & Brass Bevelled Edged Boxes / Retail Table Crystals / Coasters: Haute Co
Catering / Glassware: Gallivant
Prosecco: 6Ft6 Wine
Candles: A Little Light
Invitations: Bliss & Bone
Wednesday, October 12th 2016
Backstage at Monique Lhuillier we found ourselves amongst a sea of dreamy, ethereal dresses that felt like a slightly less traditional take on Monique’s usual collection. As Monique walked us through each of the designs it was clear that even the biggest names in the business whose success has been built around beautifully delivering exactly what the traditional bride is looking for, are all feeling the change sweeping through the bridal world. A refreshingly less ballroom gown, corseted, sweet heart neckline obsessed industry...and a more modern, Ready To Wear take that speaks to the new wave of women who want their dresses to reflect their personal style. And though we still spotted quite a few of the traditional pieces Monique is so iconically known for, we fell in love with the newer, simpler silhouettes in sheer, featherweight fabrics, caped sleeves that fell romantically off shoulders, all finished in the most beautiful, intricate beading.
See the full collection on The LANE Style Guide.
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Stepping backstage at Naeem Khan always feels like access into a world we’re not normally privy to, spilling with decadent gowns so intricately beaded, rolls of divine fabric, mood boards pinned to walls, seamstresses meticulously trimming threads and finessing every tiny detail.
It’s an absolutely fascinating world to slip into, one of the most beautifully diverse collections to photograph, and such a privilege to share the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into creating each piece. You can’t help but panic a little, wanting to cover every tiny detail, every inch of embellishment before models are dressed, and do justice to the divine collection that can only be described as a work of art
We say it every year, but Backstage at Naeem Khan is such a refreshingly non-hierarchical experience that gives us a new respect for the designer every time we walk into this space. There’s no separation between designer and seamstress, makeup artist or media, Naeem Khan is one of the warmest, most collected, calming creatives we’ve come across at this level of talent.
He doesn’t hesitate to get his hands dirty and work away on the little jobs often reserved for assistants, he chats engagingly with models who have become his close friends, and media with unguarded excitement about his inspirations and credits the many hands who have helped bring the collection to life. He runs his business and manages his team in a way that beautifully resembles family. The passion, excitement and investment you can feel watching the team bring Naeem’s creative vision to life is wildly inspiring. And this year, like every year, the collection completely blew our minds; a true embodiment of the bohemian spirit, infused with worldly details.
See our runway coverage and show review on The LANE Style Guide.