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dreaming of you

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All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
Jack Kerouac

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Laura Siegel Collection F/W 2012 –Dreams Resurrected – World MasterCard Fashion Week – The Tent at David Pecault Square – March 13, 2012

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The motif for the Fall 2012 collection emerged from the quest to create new dreams after mourning the loss of the old. Dreams’ powerful imagery impacts the inner and outer worlds. The integration of mind, body, and soul translates into apparel that employs ancient craftsmanship in fresh and novel textures and shapes.
With its tapestry of cultures and a kaleidoscope of faiths, India also served as inspiration. The unrestrained, rugged beauty of its landscape is reminiscent of a dreamscape. Its cave temples exemplify spirituality springing from nature. The theme is reinforced in the construction, with traditional craftwork from artisans around the world.
The collection’s rich textures, elaborate design motifs, natural tie-dye techniques, and a palette of contrasting shades of black with hues of gray and deep purple, conjure a shadowy landscape, as well as the dark recesses from which dreams emerge.
The designs integrate cozy Bolivian knits with precious raw silks, bamboo, jersey, and handcrafted knits in delicate merino, baby alpaca, and eco-cotton. The result is a blend of surprising yet inviting textures and raw edge details in unexpected shapes: draped, large bountiful knits, relaxed cotton-blend pants, washed lamb leather jackets, raw finishing, and tasseled woven scarves. Elements such as hand-woven rucksacks, bamboo leggings topped with rope and accessorized with copper bell necklaces, meld the beauty of the old with the hopeful spirit of the new.
The aesthetic reflects Siegel’s commitment to give back to the communities that inspire her. She believes strongly in empowering the artisans, not just by providing social and financial support, but also by actively including them in the design process. “The process of working with the artisans really shapes the collection,” Siegel explained. “They created their own interpretation for this season’s themes. The result is a collaboration of the past dreams, future dreams, and cultural values of everyone who worked on it.”
In both design and construction, the Fall 2012 collection celebrates the power to resurrect new dreams from the ashes of decay.

The Fall 2012 line features far-flung elements such as Ajrakh hand-block prints, Dhebaria Rabari embroidery, Bolivian knits, and Munnar hand-dye techniques – all from communities who have recreated their lives by carrying on centuries-old craftwork.
Ajrakh Block Printing
All of Laura Siegel’s block-printed fabrics are made in collaboration with the Khatri family from Ajrakhpur, in the Kutch region of India. The family has been making the hand-block printed fabric known as Ajrakh for ten generations. In 2001, an earthquake devastated the region. Siegel’s business helps rebuild the community.
Dhebaria Rarabi Embroidery
The nomadic Rabari tribe came to India’s Kutch region in the 13th century, but 15 years ago the tribe elders banned the women from performing their traditional embroidery work until the women found a loophole in the elders’ decree. This allowed them to continue doing the work they love and that supports them financially.
Bolivian Knitting
All knits are created with a group of female artisans in Bolivia who specialize in handmade production methods. They either work from home, or in an ample and safe workshop to which they can bring their children.
Munnar Natural Dye Techniques
Vivid colors and unique patterns are rendered with natural dye techniques employed by the dyers of Munnar, a city in the Indian region of Kerala. Although labor-intensive, natural dyeing dispenses with chemicals that could pollute water sources and harm the community’s long-term health. The dyers also educate and rehabilitate physically challenged young adults. They take pride and joy in imparting knowledge of the trade that allows them to support their families with dignity.

Social awareness and innovation, and artisanal traditions combined with an easy sensibility, represent the founding ethos behind the Laura Siegel collection. A passion for travel, an abiding love of nature and indigenous cultures, and a sense of adventure greatly influence the design and functionality of her garments.
Laura Siegel received her formal design education at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York City and at London’s Central Saint Martins. Ever intent on furthering her training, she honed her skills in silversmithing, knitting, and accessory design under the wing of top industry professionals, and from individual craftspeople in Southeast Asia. She has worked with such international designers as Megan Park, Life With Bird, Yigal Azrouel, Luca Luca, and Arthur Mendonça, and credits them with providing her with great depth of insight into design creation and production.
Siegel has garnered various honors and awards, including: the Chase Scholarship, the Gap Inc. Design Award, and the Rising Star Award at Vancouver Fashion Week 2010. Italian Vogue designated her as an emerging talent and featured her in the September 2010 issue. Her thesis collection was displayed in Saks Fifth Avenue, and was sold at Debut, Soho’s boutique for new designers.
A gift for effortless pieces, inventive takes on the traditional, and an ethical consciousness form the essence of Laura Siegel’s signature aesthetic.
For more information, please contact:
Ashley Orfus at Ashley@alabgroup.com or pr@laurasiegelcollection.com


World MasterCard Fashion Week or WMCFW, formerly known as LG Fashion Week is an event held in Toronto, Canada in March (for fall/winter collections) and in October (for spring/summer collections). It is the biggest fashion week held in Canada and it is the second largest fashion week in North America after New York.



Photography by Jason Hargrove


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Fuzzy Zoeller & Thomas-Bonus

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Back on Course

In 2008, nine-year-old Thomas Bonus was nearly paralyzed during a diving accident. Today, he’s a healthy, active 12-year-old who loves golf—and who recently caddied for golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller at The Principal Charity Classic.

By Linda Pixley

That day – July 1, 2008 – started out like any other summer day for the busy Bonus family of West Des Moines. As usual, Cyndi Bonus drove her kids, 13-year-old Robbie, nine-year-old Thomas and four-year-old Katie, to Des Moines Golf and Country Club for their daily swim team practice.

At the pool, Thomas mounted the starting block to practice the relay. When his relay teammate touched the edge of the pool beneath him, Thomas, dove in—just as he’d done dozens of times before. But this time, something went wrong, and Thomas hit his head on the bottom of the pool.

Cyndi looked over to see Thomas floating face down in the water. The sight was every parent’s nightmare. At that moment, Thomas says he was conscious but couldn’t move his limbs. “It felt like it was a dream,” he explains.

The coaches acted quickly, bringing Thomas to the surface and stabilizing him with a backboard until an emergency medical services (EMS) team arrived. “Thomas was breathing fine, but he couldn’t move his limbs for several minutes,” said Cyndi. “It was very frightening.”

Thomas was taken by ambulance to Blank Children’s Hospital, where physicians and nurses were ready and waiting for him to arrive. “Our team begins mobilizing immediately when we receive a call from EMS about a pediatric trauma patient,” said James Swegle, MD, trauma medical director for Iowa Methodist and Blank Children’s Hospital.

Thomas was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Blank. He was put in a neck brace, and while he began to move his legs later that day, he had terrible pain—followed by numbness—in his arms. In fact, the pain was so severe that he laid in the hospital bed with his arms supported on pillows and “would get very mad if someone slightly jarred the bed,” said his dad, Ken Bonus.

After several tests, including computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, physicians determined that Thomas had fractured the fifth and sixth vertebrae in his neck. At that point, doctors weren’t sure how much—if any—movement Thomas would regain in his arms.

For that reason and many others, those first days were particularly tough for Thomas and his family. “Thomas couldn’t have any food, water, ice chips or anything else by mouth because of the risk of him choking or ingesting something into his lungs and complicating things,” said Ken. And Thomas continued to experience intense pain in his arms.

Fortunately, the hospital’s Child Life staff, who help kids (and their families) deal with hospitalizations, were there to help the Bonuses during those rough days. For instance, when the cards and letters from friends and family started pouring in, Thomas couldn’t see them unless they were held right in front of his face (he couldn’t move his neck or his arms). So the Child Life team hung his cards from the ceiling over his bed so he could see them.

After five days, Thomas was fitted with a halo vest—a piece of equipment that keeps the head and neck immobile. “We were all very scared and nervous when the halo was attached,” Cyndi says. The procedure to attach the halo vest went well, though, and Thomas’ intensive rehabilitation—which lasted for nearly two years—began.

Specially trained pediatric physical and occupational therapists worked with Thomas to help him regain strength and balance, particularly since the halo vest added considerable weight to his upper body. “We learned that we use our heads for balance to walk upright,” says Ken. “Thomas was unable to move his head due to the halo, so he had to learn to adjust his upper body from the waist to balance.”

Therapists continued to work with Thomas on relearning how to perform simple actions of daily life, such as eating or scratching his nose, until he was discharged on August 6, 2008. He was still wearing the halo when he returned to school at Jordan Creek Elementary in West Des Moines later that month. “I was excited, but I was also scared of what people would think,” Thomas says.

The Child Life team stepped in again, sending a specialist to meet with teachers and students at his school. “They explained to the kids that Thomas would look different. They talked about the halo vest and even brought a weight filled with sand to show everyone how heavy the vest was,” says Cyndi. That helped the kids understand what Thomas was going through. As a result, his transition back to school went smoothly.

Thomas wore his halo for nine weeks and a neck brace for an additional two months, and he continued to perform rehabilitation exercises at Blank and at home for nearly two years. And while contact sports—such as football—are off-limits to Thomas for now, he can play soccer, swim and golf.

In fact, it was his love of golf that helped him meet a world-famous PGA Champions Tour golfer last summer. It all happened through Blank Children’s Hospital and The Principal Charity Classic, the PGA Champions Tour golf tournament held each year in West Des Moines.

Blank is one of five charities that receives donations from the tournament. The hospital uses part of its tournament funding to support the same Child Life program that was such an important resource to Thomas and his family in the weeks and months following his accident.

So when tournament organizers learned of Thomas’ accident and the role Blank played in his amazing recovery, they decided to do something special for Thomas—arrange a one-on-one golf lesson with one of his idols, golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller.

Zoeller worked with Thomas for nearly an hour during a break from The Principal Charity Classic’s Pro-Am last summer, chatting and joking as the pair worked on Thomas’ game. He even teased that Thomas should caddy for him during the 2011 Pro-Am.

Thomas figured Zoeller was just kidding, but all the same, he didn’t forget about the possibility of caddying for Zoeller as the 2011 Principal Charity Classic approached. As it turns out, neither did Fuzzy. And shortly before this year’s tournament, Thomas got his wish.

On June 1, Thomas caddied for Zoeller (along with the help of Zoeller’s professional caddy) for the full 18 holes of play during the Wednesday Pro-Am. He was a little nervous beforehand, according to Cyndi. “He wanted to make sure he did everything right,” she said.

Of course, the outgoing Zoeller immediately put Thomas at ease. “Hey there, Thomas!” Zoeller boomed as he gave Thomas a hug. Zoeller spent a few minutes posing for pictures with Thomas—and then he got down to business. “Thomas, let’s work on your putting,” Zoeller said.

By the time Zoeller teed off for the day’s Pro-Am round, Thomas was all smiles. He helped with caddying duties for the full 18 holes, handing Fuzzy clubs and listening to the boisterous Zoeller banter with the other players.

For Thomas, it was the experience of a lifetime. And for his parents, it was the culmination of a long journey. “It was great to see Thomas out there enjoying this incredible opportunity,” said Cyndi. “He’s been through so much. We’re just so thrilled that he’s healthy and that his life is back on course.”

More than a golf tournament
Thomas Bonus isn’t the only child to benefit from The Principal Charity Classic’s donations. In fact, over the last four years, the tournament has raised $2.3 million for local children’s charities, benefitting thousands of central Iowa kids.

The bulk of the tournament’s donations go to these five charities:
•Blank Children’s Hospital
•Bravo Greater Des Moines
•Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
•United Way of Central Iowa
•Variety—The Children’s Charity of Iowa

In addition, the tournament brings $20.8 million in direct economic impact, according to a recent Iowa State University study to the Greater Des Moines area.

.:Dream Journal:.

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