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Rajo Laurel: Savage Mythology

Draped dresses in dusty tones for the summer.
Rajo Laurel: Savage Mythology Draped dresses in dusty tones for the summer.

Still aglow from the successful launch of his collaboration with Plains & PrintsRajo Laurel is now launching his summer collection for House of Laurel, entitled Savage Mythology.

"I was inspired by my visit last November at the Tate Modern Museum in London," he says.  I was able to visit the Paul Gauguin retrospective which has not happened for the past 50 years.  I was so inspired by his use of colors and his fantasy of savagery in the tropics."

"I wanted to create a collection based on the fantasy, on the magic and mystery of savagery taken into a romantic place.  I took the story of the way Paul Gauguin would present the tropics in this dream-like manner. I have always been drawn to paradoxes, so there is this internal struggle in the collection that balances the 'savage' and the romantic.  From this 'tension,' the collection is defined."

The collection features a slew of draped dresses of raw silk, voile, cotton silk, and jersey (and even selvaged Japanese denim!) in dusty color stories of clover, amber, ecru, and beige. Hints of amaranth, iceberg, pumpkin, corals, and acid greens lend some verve to the estival lineup.

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"You will see a lot of soft draping, knotting, and color-blocking with a sprinkle of soft whisper beading and pebble-like treatment.  There’s also a lot of intentional 'deconstruction' done in a very romantic manner," Rajo explains. 

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"I have noticed that every spring and summer, I return to shapes and silhouettes that are [cut] away from the body and in a voluminous manner. My color palette also always veers toward the neutral hues accentuated by shots of color," he states further. "I love to drape and this is very evident in all my collections.  I am also in love with the belts that I have designed, which I think all women should have." He counts the Juana, Moea, and Tania dresses as his favorites, together with the Manava and Manu blouses and Teki and Attu pants.

As for the ladies he sees dressed up in these new garments, he says, "I have always had a strong connection with my clients and I’ve learned to design for them. I am able to speak to my clients with each collection throughout the years. I have defined these women as stylish, confident, strong and powerful."

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Rajo seems to be tireless, as he's already preparing for his next collection. "I will be traveling to Russia for the first time this Easter and I am almost certain that I will be inspired by this journey. So my next collection will definitely be inspired by this particular trip!"

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