30 September, 2010

NYFW Roundup: Rodarte

What better place to look for spring inspiration than your own backyard? For the Mulleavy sisters, it was a no brainer. Rodarte S/S11 collection included "every shade of brown you can imagine, seventies suburbia, wood paneling, gold, off colors like chartreuse- Basically a combination of all the things that represent the area to us". And that area, for those of you who are wondering, is Northern California, where they grew up. But more specifically, inspiration for the collection came from the native Redwood Forests.
I personally don't know anyone who could make wood print beautiful and fierce, and they perfected it. What I admire about the Mulleavy sisters is the fact that they really think about the construction of their clothes, and the story behind them. This shows in some of their pieces, as many shirts had detailing that looked like falling leaves, and one pair of pants resembled tree trunks.
The Mulleavy sisters also stayed true to their loyal fans who are used to their dreamy aesthetic, as they included lavish gold numbers with beautiful draping and classic china white and blue prints.
It has certainly been a fantastic year for Rodarte, especially now with rumors of LVMH signing them. I definitely have my eye on them, now that they have shown that they've grown and can produce more mature, thoughtful designs and still keep their signature, eccentric flair they're known internationally for.

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