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Prima Ballerina

House of Laurel showcases their latest collection.
Prima Ballerina House of Laurel showcases their latest collection.

As a kid, most of us had wanted to become a ballerina at some point, what with all the pink, the ruffles, the lace, and all things pretty and synonymous to being prim and proper. House of Laurel takes you backstage to the rehearsal rooms of Madame Grès—where refined and gracious girls seem to belong—with its latest collection called, At the Ballet.

“Inspiration came from what ballerinas wear during and after their performances and rehearsals,” shares Yoya Gueco, Assistant Creative Director for House of Laurel. From the ballet idea, House of Laurel developed the concept of layering separates and soft fabrics. It used a lot of tulle, silks, diupione, tafetta, cotton, satin twill, organza and jersey—the kind of fabrics that fall and fold dramatically, very pretty, light and airy.

The collection comprised of a lot of wraps, cover-ups and beautiful tulle dresses. “We wanted the collection to feel like the pieces were from the different stages in a ballerina's life—from being a student, to a dancer and even a ballet teacher,” Yoya explains. “The separates will go a long way if you mix and match, and the fabrics are very soft to the touch. There's this feeling that you'll want to wear them all the time,” she adds.

To spice up the collection a bit more, very distinct beadwork of iridescent beads and tulle rosette appliqués is collaged onto key points of different pieces. It appears very striking yet pleasant against the pale blush hues of which comprised the colors of the collection. The interesting mix of tones like Mauve, Dove Grey, Puce, and Lilac gave variety to the muted palette. You'll also find very lovely Sunday dresses for kids under the Rajito Kids Couture by Rajo Laurel brand.

"I was inspired by the the aesthetique of how they layered their clothes. The silhouette that I did was very loose and liquid. I based a lot of the design on comfort and movement," says Rajo Laurel, Creative Director of House of Laurel. "I was very pleased with the results. I thought my team did a fantastic job!"

House of Laurel's At the Ballet Collection takes us, ladies, back to the ballet studio dancing en pointe with every movement flowing with poise and charm without making a single sound. It has, indeed, all the grace and elegance of a prima ballerina.

Click here to watch the video of Rajo's At The Ballet Collection featured at the Inquirer Lifestyle-Samsung Face Off.

Click here to read Rajo's blog about the collection.


-Nikki Santiago, Fashion Assistant

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