Posts Tagged: NY Bridal Week
Sunday, October 8th 2017
There’s a tipping point, always. Where a trajectory moving forward organically and effortlessly, can be sabotaged by the allure of excess. The seduction of more. There a fine line between a pure, inimitable beauty that stems from a love of creating, and blandness that spills from work consumed by commercialism. A line Naeem Khan walks with grace.
Backstage, engulfed by racks of ornate beading and artful silhouettes, Naeem candidly shares what separates his work. How, in a sea of sameness that can often be NY Bridal Week, he keeps evolving. Elevating. Bending what we know as bridal, every single season.
And the answer - it’s passion. Choosing life and creativity first, business second. Putting art before advertising. Making sure the reason you started in the first place, remains at the heart of what you do, never dulled by the stresses that come with taking on more than we need to. But when it comes to business and career, it’s something we don’t check in with often. We almost blindly follow those logical next steps. We reach for growth because we can, without considering where on that scale brings us greatest personal happiness. That magic space that is the very alchemy for beautiful creative work - our own personal imprint.
And at that tipping point of success, it takes boldness to follow the other path - the illogical, messier, and sometimes less profitable one, that makes sense to nobody but you. To recognize that our individual pillars of success differ from person to person, and they’re not always the ones society celebrates and encourages. But for Naeem, it’s crystal clear. Success for him is about personal happiness that flows from creativity. A pillar he’s built his entire career around, making sure nothing interferes with his love of making art, for arts sake.
Money isn’t a motivator. He couldn’t care less about industry trends. He’s never bothered with market research. He’s kept his team at a small size and free from hierarchy (we’ve seen him backstage each season getting his hands dirty, working tirelessly like every other seamstress fussing over last minute details). For Naeem it’s about teamwork, slow living, and pursuing passions outside of work (one of which he says is cooking, finding creativity in preparting a meal for his team of 14 every day… boss of the century!).
Not allured by the temptation of ‘more’ just because it’s right there in front of him, acutely aware of how much is just enough, Naeem’s created a beautiful, comfortable life, rich in diversity. And the happiness that spills from that balance is the tonic for his work - designs that bowl you over with their beauty. Pieces that flicker with an unpredictable magic. The kind that spark something inside you. And remind you why you started.
See our coverage of the Naeem Khan Fall 2018 runway show on The LANE Style Guide.
Thursday, May 11th 2017
While we love the chance to experience collections up close during New York Bridal Week each season, what we anticipate most is seeing how far this traditional industry can shift and change every six months. Each season it's been incredible to watch the way bridal has morphed from dated collections into wildly artistic creations as diverse as the women who wear them.
Spring 2018 definitely presented some stand out shows that had us completely swept up in their magic (and if we're honest - a few too many mass market, traditional bridal collections that after a while start to merge into one sweet heart necklined ball gown or mermaid silhouetted bridal uniform!) But this year, one of our biggest takes were the boutique labels that made a bold impression. We've noticed more and more each season that it's the smaller labels quietly but powerfully changing the game in bridal, with more focussed collections that spill with creativity and soul. Here were a few of our highlights from both the runways and Bridal Week showings...
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Backstage at Mira Zwillinger we stepped into production madness, trying to invisibly capture this dreamy, ethereal collection brought to life, in between stylists, production managers and hair and makeup artists frantically working to tight deadlines. A beautiful chaotic chaos in the form of featherlight fabrics moving through a rainbow of the palest pastels, willowy models painted in luminous tints, bold handcrafted earrings strung from lobes, couture headpieces tried on, and off, on and finally off again... meticulous details combed over by two designers who live and breathe every tiny stitch that weaves together their creation until it perfectly resembles their original vision both in aesthetic and mood. And it's this crazy, almost obsessive creative passion we've found that lies at the heart of the labels we love most. Always such a beautiful scene to bare witness to.