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Bass-heavy drum music played as models filed out in adventure-ready layers created by designer Laura Siegel. The earth-toned F/W collection was made up of wrap coats, long skirts, and drop-crotch pants in beige, maroon, and moss. Siegel emphasizes the importance of comfort and function in her designs, which was clearly seen in loose layers, baggy draping, and oversized silhouettes. Models wore dark lipstick and tribally-inspired face paint details, with messy waves and amazing oversized, wrapped ponytails created by stylists from Privè. An emphasis on accessories was made with fringed scarves, organic wooden beads, and thick socks under platform sandals.

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            I stepped backstage to chat with the young designer, who explained her creative motivations and inspiring design aesthetic. “I like adapting clothes to suit the body,” Siegel said about how she began her newest collection. “I started thinking about how one could survive in the wilderness, and went from there.” She began to study animals and their habits in the wild, specifically the evolutionary links between grizzly bears and polar bears. The rich reds featured throughout the collection came form the imagery of polar bears hunting for fish, and the deep greens from the tones of a bear in a forest. All of Siegel’s designs draw from global history, borrowing style concepts and cues from ancient civilizations. “I always relate everything back to the ancient world.”

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            Siegel’s passion for international culture and design is also prevalent in the way her garments are created. “I work with communities in rural villages in different parts of the world,” said Seigel, “everything you see here is done by hand.” She pointed out the ethically handcrafted details on each piece, such as embroidery work done in West India. Unlike most designers now, Siegel does not use digitally-created prints; instead, each one is hand-carved into wood and then stamped onto fabrics through a special process. Siegel’s designs are powerful in their function not only as stylish, wearable clothing, but by carrying a deeper meaning in their ability to help support skilled artisans in third-world counties.

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Images Courtesy of Omen Pr