Thursday, November 5th 2015
Meraki (v) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work.
We see a lot of work pass us by at The LANE. These days anyone with a camera can call themselves a wedding photographer, anyone replicating high end couture gowns with budget fabrics and amateur skills can promote themselves as designers. There's a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a quick buck, too impatient to study, learn and perfect technique. But there's absolutely no comparison to the breathtaking work that is executed with raw passion and authentic soul. In a heart beat you can see and feel the difference.
With the Artist Issue we wanted to celebrate imagination and draw attention to the artists in the wedding world who are truly dedicated to their crafts. Our gaze turns to the talented creatives who work tirelessly behind the designer gowns and beautiful events that we like to promote at The LANE, and invest so much of themselves in the process. From makeup artists who use the face as a canvas to paint with light and shade, stationery designers imprinting luxurious paper on ancient letterpress machinery, photographers who artfully frame emotive moments forever frozen in time, jewelry designers creating hand forged pieces that echo your personal style, and caterers who invest deep thought into creating cohesive, beautifully presented menus that are as much a work of art as your decor styling.
This month it's about quality not quantity. It's about slowing down, stripping back and appreciating the beauty of technique and process. It's choosing hand crafted pieces over massed produced goods, which then become lifelong keepsakes and tell a story. It's not settling for a one size fits all package deal on your wedding day. And most importantly it's about connecting with and investing in likeminded professionals who will breathe life into your dream wedding plans, and do it with integrity and passion, because it's far more than just a job for them.
We delve deep into the art world this month, intrigued by the minds of some of our favourite creatives, and how we can be guided by their approach for event styling in terms of colour palettes, composition, shape and form. From painterly handmade ceramics as non traditional gifts, otherworldly pastel dreamscapes as ceremony backdrops, artful jewellery shapes, tablescapes accented with geometric details, and the allure of poetic sleeves on your honeymoon, the art world has beautifully inspired each Style Guide article you'll see throughout this month on The LANE.
We're so excited to kick off The Artist Issue with an exciting collaboration (pictured above) which we photographed at Sky Gallery in New York City recently with Paridust, (adorned in Marchesa) - an architect turned internet sensation exploring art through the lens of fashion, and one of our favourite artists Kim Keever (who famously creates the poetic, liquid artwork we've long adored). You can read the full interview with Pari here.
I hope this month inspires you to draw upon the magical world of creative minds, to push boundaries when it comes to styling, to never get so busy ticking off a to do list that you don't approach each planning decision thoughtfully, and see each component as part of a cohesive whole. Most importantly we hope you're as touched as we are by the talented creatives who feature in this issue, and get the chance to experience working alongside artists who invest their heart and soul into their craft. Because the results are always extroadinary.
Paridust x Kim Keever Shoot Credits:
Model: Pari Ehsan
Artwork: Kim Keever
Studio: Sky Gallery / Gowanus Hospitality Group
Photos: Tylor Hóu
Hair: Cosma De Marinis
Make Up: Samantha Dametta
The Artist Issue:
Gifts: Painterly Plates
Ceremony Spaces: Pastel Palette Landscapes
Love Stories: Artist & Muse
Jewelry: Artful Shapes
Reception Decor: Geometric
Vacation Style: Poets Blouse
Wednesday, October 28th 2015
This post has definitely been a long time coming... we moved into our dreamy new office space by the beach on the southern end of the Gold Coast, Australia over a year and a half now, with great intentions of completely decorating the office, documenting the process and finished space... but like any move, and coupled with running a busy online business The LANE girls and I completely hit the ground running (working for the first week on the floor without furniture) and haven't really stopped to catch our breath since! So it wasn't until The Collective Magazine asked to run a feature on our space this month that we finally made time to shoot this beautiful place I feel so lucky to call The LANE office, and reflect on what an incredible journey it's been since starting The LANE back in 2010.
With our first space being a university library where the business idea was born, progressing to dining room tables, dilapidated office spaces in slightly dodgy back streets with some pretty questionable neighbours, to a quaint cottage house, and now our dream location by the sea... our tiny team's transition through different spaces are defintely some fun memories to look back on.
As a creative, being in an environment that inspires me has such a big impact on my work. I love nothing more than a light filled space to provide a clear mindframe, so naturally when planning The LANE office I gravitated to a white on white palette, and wanted to create a space that we could both work in and shoot from. The office was originally inspired by a picture of an old New York loft that I had pinnned to a Pinterest board forever, where I fell in love with the giant arched windows, high ceilings, exposed bricks and recycled beams.
Heavily influenced by my global travels, The LANE office is an eclectic mix of finishes and decor, accented with handpainted Moroccan tiles and rugs, a giant beaded clay chandelier imported from South Africa (a company I searched for who employ HIV affected women in South Africa with money going back into their local communities), recycled doors, desks and clothing racks created by our plumber from copper pipes and balustrade that I spotted (much to our builder's dismay!) at a recycled materials store & bought without measuring...but thankfully it fit perfectly!
When you spend such long hours working, it's crucial (for your sanity!) to enjoy your surroundings. So when designing the office I wanted to make sure that it felt more like a home, and gave our team flexibility in choosing where to work... which I think is important for creative projects. (because let's face it, who wants to sit at a desk, over a couch when you're writing creative articles). The main offices are upstairs which is super important to have a bit of privacy in such a large open plan space, and the bottom level is divided with different lounge areas for creative work and group work stations.
I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to create the type of workspace I envisioned for The LANE from scratch, but there are so many ways to transform any space. Here a few tips to keep in mind for styling your office space:
1. Think about how you want to use the space practically. For creatives, think about styling beautiful areas that best inspire creative work and don’t necessarily feel like a traditional office.
2. Choose a colour palette that creates the type of mood you want to promote in your workspace. When you spend so much of your daily life at work, it’s so important to have plenty of natural light, so I’m always drawn to white, light-filled, spacious areas to promote clear thinking. White also works beautifully as a blank canvas, so that as your aesthetic evolves you can easily swap out furniture without having to completely renovate a space.
3. Fill your office with decor that reflects your branding and inspires your work. Your office should be a reflection of everything your brand represents.
4. Make sure you have your own separate area as a director or manager for private meetings. Particularly in an open-plan office, it’s important to be able to hold separate meetings that aren’t overheard by other staff, and have your own space to think clearly, uninfluenced by the daily occurrences in an office.
5. Be creative with spaces that you can transform. Rather than typical commercial office spaces, look for industrial warehouses, old cottage homes to renovate or light-filled lofts.
Tuesday, October 27th 2015
A late night flight with sweeping views of a glittering skyline and an almost palpable energy felt from every glimpse outside my window… landing in New York City is always a breathtaking experience. With a small team flown over from Australia (and now excitingly, an expanding one on the ground in NYC!) we were excited to see what magic would unfold this season for the Fall 2016 Bridal Shows.
As I've witnessed the traditional bridal world shift and be reinvigorated with fresh influences, I went in with the expectation of being mesmerised by one unexpected gown after another, particularly after the Spring shows earlier this year. There were certainly some incredibly beautiful pieces weaved throughout the shows, and entire collections that completely blew our minds, but I couldn't help but feel that some played it a little too safe. At times it seemed that collections were designed to be everything to everyone, ticking off a checklist of silhouettes from mermaid, sweet heart necklines and dramatic ball gowns. And I know as brides exposed to so many external creative influences, you crave more than that.
When it came to highlights for us, besides some of the breathtaking shows we witnessed, this season we really felt drawn to the boutique labels and up and coming designers that we've fallen in love with lately, not all of whom held runway shows but collections we explored in person. The raw passion, energy and fresh enthusiasm these designers expressed in creating pieces that were a true extension of themselves and the gaps they saw in bridal, was infectious. The collections felt deeply and innately inspired. The thought process behind them was intricate and the results were truly breathtaking. From Odylyne's magical gowns in mercurial palettes referencing the nostalgic Never Ending Story, to Naeem Khan's Frida Khalo inspired collection rich with extraordinary embellishment, drawing upon South American muses and bygone American icons, Houghton's unexpectedly cool play on tomboy styling underpinned by soft femininity that felt a bit Kate Moss meets Penny Lane, and Costarellos's ethereal dreamscape of lace and unique mixing of unexpected fabrics and laces. The designers going their own way stole our hearts this season. Each piece was diversely different, with threads of commonality cleverly weaved throughout the entire collection to tell a beautiful and captivating story.
From dress highlights, to whimsical beauty trends, refreshingly non bridal shoes and re-imagined accessories that infatuated us this season, we've put together a wrap up of our NY Bridal Week highlights and ideas you can draw upon for your own wedding, and piece together to tell your own unique story…
Bridal Trends & Highlights:
Accessories: White Highlights
Beauty: The New Braid
Bridal: Dramatic Embroidery
Bridal: Ethereal Silhouettes