‘Rise & Shine’ with Laurel in Berlin

BERLIN– “Rise & Shine” was the title of the latest Laurèl collection, presented July 4 at Kaufhaus Jandorf in Berlin as part of the city’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

“Rise & Shine” is both a confident, assertive call to the wearer and a reference to the “golden hour” that provided the inspiration for the designs, according to a press release from the fashion week. In photography, the release explained, the “golden hour” is the brief period before sunrise and sunset when the light is softer, warmer and more glowing, with a special magic that casts a subtle aura of freshness over everything it touches. It is perfectly captured in the famous song lyric, “It‘s a new dawn, it’s a new day.”
“Imagine the early morning, opening the door onto a glorious sandy beach. The breeze gently flutters the curtains, the sound of the surf whispers close by, and the rising sun floods the scene in a bewitching, delicately pink light,” the press release reported that Laurèl’s Head of Design Elisabeth Schwaiger, said. “I tried to capture exactly this feeling of a summer morning in my designs.”

The release said, “The emotions of the scene are expressed in silky, light fabrics, glowing tropical colors, exotic prints, and filigree lace and in the long, flowing lines that swirl and float, giving complete freedom of movement. Daywear pajamas and maxi dresses conjure the spirit of Laurèl’s hallmark ‘luxury ease.’ ‘Dreams created from fabric for dreams of sand, salt, and sun.'”
The look is dominated by silk boxer shorts with a feminine twist, teamed with bustier tops with mini-frills and casually topped off by pajama coats, said the release. Cropped flared pants with swinging hems in shimmering tiger-patterned brocade create the feel of Seventies Miami; its distinctive art deco style is likewise echoed in lace fabric in contrasting Turquoise/Black, crafted exclusively for Laurèl. Further starring roles are played by sheer fabrics, used for draped maxi-dresses in hues including Cherry Red, embroidered with tangles of tiny flowers, or Navy with a placed toucan motif. Hems are effectively contrasted with briefer underskirts that reveal a flash of leg to add a sexy fascination to the looks.
A further highlight is an opulently embroidered velvet fabric in stunning
Black/Azure/Lime colorway, used for styles including an allover look with wide-leg pants and frilled top. Dresses and kimonos are hand-embroidered in lavish beaded butterfly motifs in the same colors. Exotic elements are blended with a clear-cut graphic clarity to communicate an eclectic, sophisticated elegance. Shirt dresses are
hand-embroidered with XL sequins in sunrise colors, shimmering testimonials to the level of craftsmanship in the collection. The show finale focuses on a kaleidoscope print designed exclusively for Laurèl, in delicate pale Gray, White, and Flamingo and set
with gemstones. The fabric is used for halterneck dresses, silk shorts and matching kimonos that bridge the twin fields of art and fashion.
The styling brings out the mood of the collection, adding flat mules and surf sneakers to create striking contrasts to evening wear. Fabrics are draped over shoulders or arms in casual, cool style, true to the beauty philosophy of “Woke up like this.” The make-up for the models – who included the first-and second-placed entrants from the latest
“Germany’s New Top Model” season, Céline Bethmann and Serlina Hohmann – is natural, sunny, and nude, with a fresh, healthy glow and natural pink lips for a modern touch. Hair is casually pulled into a messy bun with strands framing the face – an “almost undone” style that highlights the glamorous outfits even more effectively. “We
aim to showcase femininity and celebrate individuality,” affirmed Elisabeth Schwaiger, according to the press release.