KNOCKOUT KNITS & OTHER DREAMY DETAILS ENHANCE WEARABLE SILHOUETTES
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Photos by Istoica
Laura Siegel chose to show her F/W12 collection in a showroom setting – appropriate considering how much detail goes into her ethically-made global garments. Seeing the pieces up close lent an intimate look at the line, and hearing the background of each piece and how it was produced illuminates how much consideration is factored into her collections.
While Siegel focused on a seaside theme for Spring, for Fall you can expect a darker palette accented with Ajrakh Block Printing (made in collaboration with the Khatri family from Ajrakhpur in the Kutch region of India). The family has been making the hand-blocked printed fabric (known as Ajrakh) featured in Siegel’s collection for ten generations, and Siegel’s business hopes to help rebuild the Kutch region, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2001.
Beautiful knits from artisans in Bolivia and embroidery from the nomadic Rabari tribe (from the Kutch region) are also featured in the collection. These elements enhance the soft jerseys, raw silks and bamboo fabrics Siegel works with.
To complement these unique pieces, Siegel has created a range of accessories, including hand-woven rucksacks and necklaces adorned with copper bells and beads. Inspired by the powerful impact of dream imagery, this collection is both dark and light in mood and composition, and the concept intertwines mind, body and soul into a truly moving line.