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
Wednesday, October 21st 2015
Heading backstage in the final hour before a new collection is unveiled is always a privilege. Besides offering the ultimate sneak peek, it’s the opportunity to unhurriedly look over each creation. The runway show itself often no more than five minutes in length, these dresses, sometimes months in the making, each pass by in mere moments, a beautiful blur, with their movement or silhouette stealing the attention down the runway. But for a handful of designers like Inbal Dror who really ‘own’ unbelievable embellishment, a closer look feels not only like a privilege, but a necessity.
While models hair was swept into sleek, feminine topknots (elongating necks but also showcasing best the necklines of each gown), we took in the amazing embellishment we found waiting on racks. Unrecognisable without bodies inside, most dresses we fell in love with twice that day…once for their fabrics and detail, and then again, as they came to life on the runway, transformed into completely different silhouettes of dreamy tulle and mirages of slinky sequins. Romantic, daring and in so many ways, unexpected, we found ourselves dreaming of a Winter wedding that looked a bit like this…
Following the show, we were lucky enough to catch up with the designer quickly to learn a little more about this latest collection and her love of New York.
Inbal Congratulations on a spectacular show…
Thank you so much!
Tell us about your inspiration for this collection… the colour palette was really unusual and really beautiful
Thank you, thank you! My inspiration is from the brides, i mean they’re really passionate about fashion, so when i try to start to build each collection, not just a particular dress i start in my mind with what is passionate and the silhouette of the bride. So I think the full inspiration in this is the freedom of the creative and because of this I am shooting in New York the catalogue because you know New York is with all the people and all the colours…and I love to mix colour, because I think it’s very unique and very not boring!
Yes you know when you come to a wedding and you see the bride and you see the same all over…ok so what you want to design is to see something that you never see, so when you see her you cannot stop talking about her, and you’re like ‘wow’!
Do you have a particular woman in mind who you design for? Who is your muse?
I always think about strong women…always. And then I think that all the women, all over the world are strong. Because when you’re in the house and you’re dressing kids and you’re doing all the things…it’s a hard life too, for me! So I think about strong, I think about goodness, beautiful, because you know that we are the women - most beautiful! And I think about all of this, and the little things that I think that the women and the brides want…they like the details because you know we are women, and all, each thing of our homes, of our kids, of our husbands is beautiful to us, we look for beauty in everything, so because of that I like the details, I like the colour…..
Your favourite thing to do in New York City when you’re here?
Oh my god (much laughing) - to eat!