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Thursday, March 8th 2018

Curiously Beautiful Jewels by Julia deVille

Fusing unusual and precious stones with artful, organic settings has us enamoured with Julia deville's curiously beautiful collection of jewels. A master architect of nuptial adornments based in Victoria Australia, each piece tells its own story of craftsmanship and romance. Inspired by Baroque aspects and brimming with rose cut champagne diamonds, parti sapphires and other unique gems - Julia talks to us about the creative process, gemstones used and what a bespoke design entails...

What defines your design style?

My work is inspired by the memento mori jewellery of the 15th – 18th centuries as well as Victorian mourning jewellery. Handmade, bespoke wedding and engagement rings are the focal point of my jewellery range. My rings are designed to look organic, antique and time worn – as if scavenged from a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

Can you describe the Julia deVille customer in a few words?

My cliental varies greatly: from very young goth couples choosing engagement rings to more conservative women in their 70’s wanting to rework family heirloom pieces. I am always delighted by the array of personality types that come through our showroom – I guess the one thing they have in common is they are seeking something distinct and unusual.

A favourite piece you’ve created?

The 20000 Leagues Ring is one of my all-time favourites. I wear this ring every day, as does my mother and sister. We all have different colour ways; mine has a parti sapphire with champagne diamonds, Mum’s has an aquamarine surrounded by rose cut white diamonds and my sister’s is a yellow beryl with white diamonds.

What are some of the gemstones and meterials you love to use?

I love to source unusual stones and cuts. Black & champagne diamonds feature a lot in my work, as do parti (green/blue/yellow) sapphires and Morganite. I also use more traditional stones such as rubies and emeralds.

I am particularly fond of rose cut, old cut and other antique looking stone cuts as well as uncut diamonds.

I mainly work in 18ct white gold as well as yellow & rose gold. I do a little bit of platinum but personally prefer 18ct white for its cool steely colour which pairs well with all gemstones.

Can you explain the bespoke process and who would you recommend this for?

First I get my clients to browse through my website and select styles they like as well as stone and metal colours. Then we arrange a meeting in my Melbourne showroom where we have hundreds of styles to view and try on, or we discuss via email and phone if they’re not able to come in.

Some people opt for a ring exactly as is, but most people want some level of customisation. This could mean simply changing the stones or metal but often it involves completely reworking a design or creating something unique from scratch. If I’m making a one-off piece it will be based on other rings the client has indicated they like, as well as elements we have discussed together.

I then source stones and make a prototype in wax for them to view, at this stage further changes can be made until they are 100% happy with the design and stones. Once the ring has been made in metal, we can do a fitting before setting the stones so the client gets to see it on their hand and check that they like the stone and metal combination.

I also rework people’s existing heirloom jewellery. This can be as simple as building on top of an existing ring or as complex as taking the ring apart and turning it into something entirely different.

Where can your jewelry be purchased?

I have a showroom behind my workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne.

We take appointments Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am – 4pm but can arrange other times for people that can’t make it during office hours. 

I do a lot of work with international and interstate clients via email and phone.

I also have a large range of rings at e.g.etal in the city.

View more of Julia's work on The LANE or on her website

Thursday, March 8th 2018

Halfpenny London’s Latest Bridal Collection ‘Atlantis’

Taking its name from the fabled lost city of Atlantis, Halfpenny London’s brand new bridal wear collection channels the untamed beauty of the ocean.  Inspired by raw, textural coastlines, foamy white wash and the undulating movement of the sea, the stunning new pieces highlight designer Kate Halfpenny’s continued innovation with unexpected twists on tradition.   

Pearls adorn the finest tulle, soft leather sits alongside delicate lace and edges are embellished with contradictory trims.  Handcrafted in England, unique silhouettes and ultra-modern textiles define a collection perfect for brides looking for drama and decadence. 

View more of Halfpenny London's collection on their website

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Dana Harel’s Newly Released ‘Daydream’ Collection

Acclaimed for her ornate handcrafted wedding gowns, Israel based Dana Harel beautifully blends contemporary and feminine aesthetics using luxurious textiles. From diaphanous silk tulle to hand embroidered details, Dana’s craft of combining avant-garde materials has positioned her as one of the most sought after designers in the luxury bridal world.

We were given an exclusive look at Dana Harel’s latest collection ‘Daydream’, a juxtaposed range of feminine, delicate pieces and bold beaded gowns inspired by the ‘caftan’ or ‘gallabia’ dress, originating from the Middle East.

Each piece is completely custom made, sourcing fabrics from one of the leading fashion and fabric tradeshows in the world, Première Vision Paris. Dana Harel’s inspiration comes from travelling the world and from the unique fabrics and luxurious materials used in haute couture designs.

View more of Dana Harel’s portfolio on The LANE, or head to her website.  

Thursday, February 1st 2018

3 Things Not to Overlook in Wedding Photography, by Joel & Justyna

There’s a moody allure we love about the way photographers Joel & Justyna capture romantic, honest moments. Describing themselves as thoughtful observers, their images are rich in detail, drenched in light and filled with poetic movement. 

We caught up this international photography duo, based in Canada, to find out 3 important things you shouldn’t overlook, when it comes to wedding photography. 

1. Seating

The most underrated but important piece of decor in a room, believe it or not are chairs. Chairs set a tone, more so than centrepieces, simply because there are so many in a room. If you're working with a tighter budget but still want an elegant feel to your decor, rent a set of beautiful chairs and opt for more modest centrepieces – like a selection of candles in hurricane vases at different heights.

2. Getting ready locations

Picking a photogenic location to get ready is often times overlooked. Instead of choosing a stark, modern hotel suite or cluttered relatives home, we often suggest a heritage hotel, or an Airbnb with antique features. Classic never goes out of style and dark, window lit spaces with interesting antique decor will stand the test of time in your photos.

3. Recessional

A great way to create dynamic images of your recessional is to have your guests throw confetti or rose petals, as you and your spouse run off down the aisle.

View more of Joel & Justyna's portfolio on The LANE Directory or via their website

Thursday, February 1st 2018

2018 Wedding Open Day at The Anchorage, Port Stephens

The LANE’s handpicked venue, The Anchorage, is set to host a Wedding Open Day on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at their newly renovated luxury resort in Port Stephens, NSW.

Tucked away on the secluded shores of sparkling Port Stephens, those attending the event will enjoy champagne and canapes while exploring the breath-taking indoor and outdoor spaces on offer.

Expert Bridal Style Sessions will be available, focusing on beauty, fashion and florals whilst showcasing the impending trends for 2018.

With tailor-made wedding packages available and expert event coordinators on hand, we couldn’t recommend this event more to any of our LANE brides looking to wed in New South Wales.

The Anchorage will be offering exclusive upgrades for guests who secure their wedding day at the event.

View more on The LANE or visit their website to register your interest. 

Friday, December 15th 2017

Daphne Newman's 2018 'Love Awakened' Collection

Designer Daphne Newman’s latest ‘Love Awakened’ collection, features 10 breath-taking couture veils. Each piece is handmade using silk tulle and exclusive lace sourced by Daphne on her travels to Europe and the Middle East.

Shot at an 11th century monastery in Umbria Italy with LANE favourite Lelia Scarfiotti, Daphne and her team set out to change the mood of the veil; focusing on the contrast of the feminine and ethereal details against the time worn facades of the ancient structures. Inspired by the rich history of Italy and her global pursuit of rare lace, Daphne’s vision was a unity of textural detailing and ornate silhouettes in the most traditional setting of them all- the catholic church. Demonstrating to brides and industry alike, that you can incorporate tradition without compromising personal style.

Each piece is designed to be kept by the bride as a timeless memory of her wedding style, and cherished as an heirloom for future generations- a rarity in our modern society of fast fashion. As the defining bridal accessory, Daphne encourages her brides to carefully choose their veil, as an honest reflection of their style and personality, and not simply an afterthought of the gown.

Love Awakened is available at stockist’s in Canada and the United States, as well as on her website. Additionally, all of Daphne’s collections can be found exclusively at SPINA Bride in New York City.

Creative Direction: Daphne Newman + Raquelle Kilotaitis

Wedding Veils: Daphne Newman

Photographer: Lelia Scarfiotti

Model: Cloe Simoncioni of Casting Firenze 

Hair/Makeup: Katie Angus of The Future Mrs.

Gowns: Beaded long sleeve - Liz Martinez from Spina Bride / Lace off the shoulder - Liz Martinez from Spina Bride / Beaded/Glitter Gown - Karen Willis Holmes from Pearl and Dot / Slip Dress - Daphne Newman

Venue: Umbria, Italy

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