Laurel DeWitt S/S 16 - Fashion Show Review
It was a rainy and gloomy Sunday as I stepped away from menswear shows to attended the highly anticipated Laurel DeWitt show. I first met Laurel back in 2011 when she was presenting a small collection of pieces for her former professors. Intrigued and wowed by her design aesthetic, I knew she'd be someone to watch. Fast-forward four years and Laurel is now internationally known for her hand-crocheted metal apparel that has been seen on Nicki Minaj and Amber Rose.
The show was held at The Church of the Holy Apostles, which is a historic episcopal church built in 1845 by New York Architect Minard Lafever. The venue was in direct alignment with the romance and hard edge that Laurel presented for her Spring Summer 16 collection. Juxtaposed between geometric patterns and floral fantasy, the collection offered separates that is backed by shagreen and finished with leather details. Pencil skirts and evening gowns screeched down the runway in a way that was not just magical but let us know this is not a conventional runway with ordinary designs. Transgender model and actress Carmen Carrera stormed the scene in a floral armored bra and chain fishnet maxi skirt with elegance and ease. Featured in the front-row was her friend Mashonda, who's son closed out the show in a color-blocked leather vest and metal crown.
I was in awe to see Laurel's evolution; she has not only proven herself as a designer but as an innovative and creative force. She is no longer someone to watch; SHE IS HERE! And by the looks of it, she isn't slowing down.