Marchesa Bridal Fall 2016.

Saturday, October 10th 2015

Always a backstage highlight, the seasonal styling imagined by Marchesa remains one of our most anticipated shows to capture. Favouring hair and make up looks that are both daring, yet beautiful, we’re inspired by their ability to often transfer over into real life, far from runways. Chic and simple, this collection saw dewy, natural bases completed with a flick of feline liner across the lashes, while hair was braided dreamily around models crowns. Giant silk flowers fastened at the nape of necks and secured sweeping veils behind them.

And the shoes! We saw an incredible array of completely unexpected, laser cut white sandal heels fastening with ribbon ties that snake their way around ankles. Definitey some of the very few wedding shoe styles we have ever loved!

See our full coverage of the Marchesa Fall 2016 Bridal collection on The LANE Style Guide

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Friday Cocktail Hour. Mojito.

Friday, September 11th 2015

Mood: Inspired by our recent Cuban adventures, we’re dreaming this Friday of long balmy evenings, spent outdoors surrounded by the scent of cigars, sipping on the unmistakable flavours of fresh lime, mint and Havana rum…take us back!

Cocktail: Mojito

60mm / 2 ounces White Rum

1/2 fresh lime

10 fresh mint leaves

Caster sugar

Soda water

Cut the lime into 4 wedges and place in a sturdy glass, adding 2 teaspoons of caster sugar and muddle together gently. Clap the mint leaves together in your hand (bruising and releasing their aroma) before adding them to the glass. Half fill the glass with crushed ice, adding the rum. Stir together until the flavours are mixed and sugar dissolved. Top with ice and a splash of soda water. 

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Desert Night / Rufus

I Play You Listen / Rufus

Once / Ngaiire

Girls / Slow Magic

Kong / Bonobo

Behind The Scenes. Fade to Night.

Thursday, September 10th 2015

Having long dreamt of shooting our first mens editorial with a specific vision in mind before Cuba was even on the cards, we realised the more we researched the incredible location of Havana, the more fitting it was. And so late in the game, our mens shoot (our third editorial for the trip - we must have been crazy!), was added to the itinerary. We knew at that moment the trip was going to get busy, very busy!

Calling in a mix of both quintessentially warm climate linens, all pale greys and cool neutrals, evening pieces were added to the mix, hinting at the bygone elegance of Havana itself. Channeling a kind of league of gentlemen, cigar bars and whiskey vibe (or in this case rum), the sensuality of the city oozed from every building and bar, the textures of walls the perfect backdrop to mirror the beautifully textured fabrics. 

Hoping to find moody nooks in which to savour cigars and unhurriedly sip drinks, smoking parlours in tobacco tints and rooms with a story to tell, old Havana brought to life (with an uncanny accuracy) our creative references and location scouting dreams! Finding everything we went in search of, the streets and spaces left us feeling as though we’d stumbled across a bespoke movie set, one of unbelievable authenticity. This ‘movie set’ also came with an amazing crew of people…onlookers, passers by, taxi drivers and waiters - people we would befriend over several days, each so accommodating and respectfully curious of our work unfolding throughout their surrounding spaces.

Setting up camp in the (now familiar) downstairs level of a favourite restaurant, the makeshift clotheslines (ordinarily used for drying tablecloths) proving the most perfect base from which to hang the male wardrobes, we worked stealthily in the sticky heat, moving through looks and chasing shadows across bars whose light streamed through etched glass windows. Each room offering a perfect setting for a different mood and detail, those slightly secret details we love most…the stitch of a lapel, the crisp edge of a french cuff, light catching on a honed surface of a signet ring.

Having long joked as a team about all the things our first mens editorial needed to be, or more to the point what it needed to definitely not be…(namely no clean cut Ken-doll-casting or styling that could stray into the territory of a bad suit catalogue!) we went in search of interesting faces, and seriously handsome men with a style and presence that didn't feel contrived. 

With a characteristic no nonsense attitude, a total professionalism mixed with a cheeky sense of humour, models Zander & Sammy took sweltering heat and curious onlookers in their stride. In an office (and lets be honest, an entire industry) largely ruled by women, we discovered the energy of collaborating with men on a creative pursuit was as refreshing in the change of scene it offered... and refreshingly a different way of directing which unlike our women's editorials, was less about fabric movement and all focussed on the mood and energy of the shoot.

The afternoon and evening unfolding over sips of rum, both on and off camera - waiters whipped up a refreshing round of mojitos mid afternoon for the team (well, when in Havana!), and Zander, a non-smoker, tirelessly inhaled and exhaling a cigar, adamant on ensuring we had the perfect shot for a specific frame we had in mind. A rum sipping, cigar smoking dream shoot for the guys aside, they were unbelievably dedicated to their craft, and managed to make flannel suits in thirty something degree heat look both sexy, and effortless. No mean feat. 

Moving to the rooftop sequence, just as the sun sank low, we took in the colours of Havana at dusk - that magical golden hour casting a honeyed light over already the most beautiful buildings. Racing down kerbside for the final shot, we hailed vintage cars both for framing (in photo), and a second car, to assist with a little backlighting, the darkness having enveloped us suddenly when we weren’t watching! A light sprinkle of rain over the streets adding a cinematic mood to the final frames, we wrapped with a kind of euphoria, following an afternoon that felt both incredibly calm, and incredibly stealthy…making our way straight back to the rooftop bar for (celebratory) mojitos and a quick team portrait on the way. 

See the full editorial here.

Photography: Ted Grambeau

Karissa wears: Lover (Wildflower Tunic)

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