I was thrilled to be invited to collaborate once again with Leiela Evening Wear’s Lucy Laurita, also the mastermind behind Art du Jour.
Art du Jour is an ‘industry-focused service helps celebrate Melbourne’s unique culture by merging the glamorous world of fashion, design, art, performance and hospitality that Melbourne is famous for.’This collaboration stretched beyond the usual Fashion/ Hair & Make Up/ Photographer triad to encompass jewellery, florals, macarons, cake, cake stand and other styling items within the sumptuous setting of Melbourne’s historic Treacy Centre.
Lucy’s gowns command attention, whether walking down the aisle in bridal white or sashaying along the red carpet in shimmering gold. They’re reminiscent of the shapes of the 1930’s – feminine yet strong, delicate yet seductive. The hand finished details such as this exquisite beading lend a timeless quality to her designs. Leiela (derived from the Italian Lei è La meaning ‘There she is’) is truly in a league of its own.
The bride’s delicate bouquet featured rich, royal purples alongside the softest lilac and white. But behind the requested colour scheme was a love note, carefully composed to echo the sentiments of Daisy Buchanan herself. The lisianthus expressed ‘I admire your personality’ while the stock spoke of a contented life. The sweet pea whispered ‘thank you for a lovely time’ while the silver suede protected this message of love in its soft downy leaves.
Then there was the anemone, its bowing head expressing fading hope and a feeling of being forsaken – silently reflecting Gatsby’s own private pain.
And the afternoon tea of lavender and vanilla macarons lay waiting…
Many thanks to Lucy for inviting me to take part in this shoot, and to the amazingly talented Jessica Abby for her curation and photography.
To read Alexia Petsinis of Pascal et al’s story about the day, please visit the leiela website.