Posts Tagged: bridal
Monday, October 12th 2015
Normally a flurry of activity and organised chaos, the scenes unfolding backstage at Reem Acra this season felt a little different to previous seasons, more serene and dreamy…much like the dresses themselves.
The pace backstage was definitely slower & more relaxed, models sat playing on iPhones while a rim of fine black eyeliner was applied to fresh faces, tapering into a feline flick. The casting this season was one of our favorites, all all wide eyed ingenues, styled with super natural hair and a magenta lip.
Dressers methodically steamed their veils and smoothed over skirts, arranged shoes and finessed head pieces....and we'll be honest, the disco headphones weren't our cup of tea, but we loved the slightly more ethereal silhouettes with sheer layers and the botanical embellishment of last season continued in this collection. See our full review and pictures of the Reem Acra Fall 2016 runway show on The LANE Style Guide.
Tuesday, March 4th 2014
“The Bo & Luca Bride is the girl who walks into a room and exudes that confident bohemian spirit with her own sense of style, she lives her life with passion and is not afraid to be an individual. She dares to be romantic, she dares to be different.“
Enter the Bo & Luca bridal studio in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and you’ll be transported to a place where your soul feels at home. Morning light spilling onto raw wooden floors and racks of whimsical embellished white gowns blowing delicately in the breeze – the loft style space is reminiscent of the retreat of a chic 70’s bohemian icon.
Be greeted by designer Shannon Pittman and you’ll feel like you have arrived in the bedroom of your closest friend to try on her selection of effortless gowns. If there was ever a designer who perfectly embodies her brand than Shannon is it. This girl, like her label, is bohemian glamour at its best. With her stories of exotic adventures abroad, love of her past life in Dubai and an all consuming hunger for immersing herself in cultures of the world, she’ll make you nostalgic for the carefree ease of days gone by and have you dreaming of escaping to far- flung corners of the world. Bohemian and free-spirited brides you will know you have found your place.
Browse the racks of stunning gowns and chic separates from the Bohindi and West Azur collections and be engulfed with a love travel, art, adventure and cultures, which has been woven into the story of the gowns to create a strong bohemian luxe design aesthetic. Effortless silhouettes from luxurious silk georgette and crepe silk fabrics, hand dyed to a creamy off white shade, are given finesse with divine detailing. Camisoles, cuffs and waistbands are hand embellished with silver metallic thread, stones, sequins, faux pearls, crystals, hand cut silk petals and embroidered silk tulips, hinting at an enduring love affair with the carefree attitude of the sultry icons of the 70’s and a celebration of endearing spirits. Jane Birkin, Lara Stone, Jean Shrimpton, Margherita Missoni, Stevie Nicks, Brigitte Bardot, Blondie, Georgia May Jagger and Helena Christensen come instantly to mind.
Try on the gowns and you’ll know when you have found the one. Whether it’s a two-piece skirt and top revealing a hint of midriff, or a heavily beaded mini that captures your heart, you’ll feel like it was designed just for you with the vision of your dream wedding. Shannon knows the personality of today’s effortless bride and it’s clearly at the forefront of her design aesthetic. When we ask her just what it is she loves about the brides that visit her, she tells us…
“I love the raw emotion of when a bride puts on a wedding dress and I love that every single one of them has a different story, a different path, a different love but each and everyone of them shares a common commitment to taking a vow and sharing a life with the one they love. It is inspiring to hear about all their different stories an the creativity behind their wedding day from rustic weddings, garden, beach, town hall, State Library, elopement the list goes on…."
Ask about the design and manufacturing process, like we did, and you will fall a little bit more in love with the collection and label. Pieces are designed by Shannon herself and then manufactured in India, where she is on the ground heavily involved in the process. Sourcing luxurious fabrics and the finest silks from the local silk mills and overseeing the intricate beadwork and embellishment, which is done by master craftsman, who use a unique, artisanal skill known as “Tambour”. The intricate bohemian-inspired headpieces and accessories that have become synonymous with the label (a long list of 200 brides are currently trying to get their hands on one) are also handmade by local jewellers.
Bo & Luca's studio is located in Fortitude Valley Brisbane Australia. Pieces are made to order by appointment at the Bo & Luca showroom. Both the Bohindi and West Azur collections are available to try on, with a new collection to be added in August (Shannon hinted to us Freedom of movement has formed the inspiration for the new collection). Due to the intricate and couture nature of the gowns a 4 month minimum is required (the hand beading alone can take up to 2 months!). We recommend 6 months to avoid disappointment!
US Brides who can't visit the Brisbane studio, for the first time ever Bo & Luca will be showcasing their gowns and accessories to the US market at a San Francisco " Pop Up Event" on March 30th! More details to come shortly.
You can visit the studio by booking an appointment to see their full range of gowns and accessories here.
She is a dreamer and a wanderer of the world. The bohemian luxe bridal designer shares with The LANE some insights …
I'd describe the aesthetic of my workspace as…
Raw, Bohemian, Luxury
I work best when I'm …..
Sitting in a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by interesting architecture, culture and other creative individuals
5 things you'll always find on my desk...
My inspirations' journal & sketchbook, beautiful images of my family and friends, my Macbook and CHOCOLATE
I find inspiration in…
Travel, building interiors, music, architecture, textures, nature, books
I'm currently working on...
Some beautiful bohemian styled pieces to add to a wedding must have list.
Favourite quote that inspires my work…
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail!
How do you help brides determine the perfect Bo & Luca piece for their personal style?
We have created a very relaxed and open environment in our studio, It can often be overwhelming and even sometimes intimidating when trying on your first wedding dress, even if it is your second or third time, we like to identify the style of wedding the bride is trying to create and go from here. A lot of brides have imagined themselves in a specific style wedding dress for a long time, we encourage the bride to play with different silhouettes that they love and pieces they may never have thought of.
Any advice / tips for brides on visiting boutiques and trying on dresses?
Trust your own instinct! Take only two of your closest,trusted friends or family to a fitting, too many opinions is confusing. Purchase a gown that makes you feel like the GODDESS that you are!
Shannon Pittman of Bo & Luca
Wednesday, May 1st 2013
Absolutely dying over this showstopping lace gown from the Marchesa Spring 2014 Bridal Collection!
If you're looking for wedding gown inspiration, we've just posted our Spring 2014 Bridal Trend Report on The Guide featuring Show Stopping Gowns / Exaggerated Peplums / Silver Embellished Details / Chic Capes / Shades of Blush.