Rajo Laurel's latest offering is a very cheery one, aptly echoing not just his buoyant disposition, but the joyful verve of the holiday season, too. Inspired by the liveliness of pop art, Kaleidoscope is a playful sartorial spectrum of day and cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, and evening numbers that offer plenty of party dressing choices this busy, busy time of the year.
Read on as Rajo tells us more about his Holiday 2010 collection in the interview below. Also, do drop by the recently re-outiftted House of Laurel—every outing gives a brand new look to the boutique, and this yuletide season, it's as cheerful as ever!
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION.
I wanted to celebrate color and I wanted something very bright and cheerful for the holiday season. I was inspired by images of pop artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I love how they liberally used their colors.
WHAT MATERIALS, COLORS, AND TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE?
I am very excited about this collection's materials because we really searched far and wide to give my clients the most luxurious array of fabrics available. We have a gorgeous washed silk that comes in six amazing shades. We have this super soft velvet that is like liquid to the body. We also have a crisp silk shantung that adheres to color very well. We also have this Italian double knit material that helps shape the body. And finally we have our "standard fabrics" that the House of Laurel has been known for, such as silk jersey and mesh tulle.
For the techniques, we have color blocking but done in an intricate manner echoing a prism, similar to how a kaleidoscope effect is done. We have a "noodle-type" embellishment made from cords and pearls. We also have crystal beading, again echoing the pattern of the kaleidoscope. And finally we have delicious draping.
WHAT ARE ITS SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS?
The difference is that the color palette is really strong. We've also introduced newer materials to the collection which we haven't used before. We also have an array of prints that we are using and combining with other prints creating a very unusual interplay of color and texture.
The similarity is that everything is very wearable. We wanted something easy, and we are also using the same design vocabulary that we [have been] known for from the start, namely draping and color blocking.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THESE PARTICULAR PIECES?
The age of the House of Laurel clients ranges from two years old to forever. LOL! Meaning, we really offer so much to so many age brackets. However, the common thread that links all these, is that we're here to provide delightful dresses for the holiday party season.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE GARMENTS FROM THIS COLLECTION?
We did a lot of jumpsuits this season and that probably is one of my favorite pieces from this collection. I particularly like the Mullite. I also love the velvet pieces because I think velvet evokes the holiday spirit.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOR YOUR NEXT COLLECTION?
For summer, we are exploring mystery, mythology and magic!
Click on the photo gallery to view Rajo Laurel's collection for Holiday 2010, Kaleidoscope.