It was the seduction of romanticism and courtship that grabbed our attention as a violinist walked down the runway in head-to-toe metal playing a classical version of Beyonce's Pray You Catch Me. As the soft vocals of Beyonce's voice began to come through the sound system, you could hear the clash of the metal, as if it was a part of the beat. This is how you open a show, and Laurel DeWitt ensured she had our full attention as she presented her SS17 collection. Staying true to her aesthetic, the 18 piece collection was custom designed in metal, but not like we've seen before. DeWitt continues to incorporate new materials into her collection; last season we saw denim and leather, and this season denim was remixed with more distressing and slicker laminate inserts and latex bodysuits. Laurel never ceases to amaze me with her innovation and attention to detail.
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In the back of seductive sounds of now Rhye mixed with FKA twigs, you could hear echoes of raindrops - one has to think, are these the tear drops of a new love? The question will remain a mystery, but DeWitt covered [and wowed] us with her unique spin of laminate umbrellas covered in metal. I always appreciate Laurel for covering menswear and giving us guys something more than a bomber or suits. Adding a commercial element to the collection was the incorporation of handbags, new to the Laurel DeWitt brand. The handbags included totes, satchels, crossbody, and evening clutches - all detailed with metal and her signature LD logo. Laurel describes the handbag collection by saying "Some women choose to wear crowns on their heads. All women deserve to wear a crown on their arm." The handbags are available for November market, and will be in stores for Spring 2017. Her innovation, creativity, and attention to detail are continuing to expand, and it's evident that the future is hers. I've been following Laurel's brand for a few years now, and this collection, along with the production, made us fall in love all over again.
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