Images by Kate Mcluckie

Imagine a space, filled with the warmth of the sun radiating through windows onto white walls, bringing dreamy wedding gowns and couture to life. In the heart of the city, Bo & Luca is situated in Cape Town’s St. Georges Mall and here, magic is made. DECO had the pleasure of sharing in the beauty… 

Rustic country style vanilla & lemon naked cake by The Birdcage
Handmade honey nougat studded with creamy roasted almonds and dark roasted fresh figs by Ma Mere Confections | L’Ormarins Brut Classique NV

An elegant private salon show, hosted by Bo & Luca, showcased some of its most beautiful collections namely, Bohindi, West Azur, Libertas and Cassiopeia, and insiders to the wedding industry had the opportunity to share in the conversation between owner and founder, Shannon Pittman and iconic salonnière Jackie Burger from Salon 58.

Jackie commented on the ‘resurgence of feminity’ and how the casualness of it in bridal wear is very visible – a definite trend of lace gowns with a soft flowing touch, deep V’s, as well as floral fabrics and embroidery.

Four themes highlight different styles that speak to each bride:

Rustic Country Romance

Rustic Country Romance, the Manhattan gown, an elegant combination of sheer sleeves, a low back and a hand-beaded silk chiffon train
The Tulsa gown, which is crafted by hand-cut silk petal detailing on a silk chiffon

Bo & Luca accentuates bohemian chic with a definite elegant authenticity. With relaxed, but luxurious details, these gowns are timeless in every form. What characterises her gowns are the unique and fine details of silk, whether it is crepe, georgette or chiffon, Pittman source her textiles from all over the world, and personally liases with Indian artisans, since most of the beading and embroidery is done by hand. The skills and passion, handed down from generation to generation, result in exquisite heirloom gowns being made.

English Garden Glamour

Right: An elegant Vienna Gown that has an intricate hand-beaded overlay as well as the Majorca gown – a timeless classic with antique gold beads decorating the V-neckline and continuing down the front of the dress to the waist | Bouquet by Aspen flowers

‘Since opening their first studio outside Australia in Cape Town just over a year ago, creative director Shannon Pittman and her team have been delighting South African brides and lovers of couture alike with gowns that combine old-world quality and craftsmanship with contemporary easy-wearing elegance as suited to walking down the aisle as it is for making an entrance at an informal gathering.’

– Jenna McArthur PR

Black-Tie Opulence

The Parisienne gown with breathtaking layers of hand-beaded silk chiffon over soft tulle | Bouquet by Fleur le Cordeur
The Antibes gown perfectly balances Boho-chic and elegance


Intimate Beach Chic Soirée

Classic two-piece Isra gown with an entirely embellished top, hand beaded using preciosa stones | The Capri, a show-stopping gown with intricate hand-beaded silver detailing and cascading silk chiffon | Savoury tastes by M Patisserie | Bouquet by Blomboy

After travelling frequently in her twenties, and spending most of her years growing up in Dubai, she became mesmerised by the work of an Indian tailor, and he taught her ‘the art of free draping’. The emphasis lie on fitting a garment to the shape of a woman’s body and not only following a pattern. This being said, Bo & Luca came to life in Brisbane, Australia, in 2012.

Looking forward to seeing more of Bo & Luca’s future collections and yet again, another lovely event hosted by  Jenna McArthur PR and Bo & Luca.

All images by Kate Mcluckie

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