Rodarte Spring 2017 - Runway Review
September 13, 2016
There’s a certain Hollywood magic to every Rodarte show. Sure, the intrinsic feminine romanticism of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s designs is never without a dose of gothic vibes, but the imaginative nature always makes for a wild acid trip.
For spring, the prairie inspiration was hardened by a rock-n-roll attitude thanks to some seriously heavy metal studs, fringing and more than one safety pin. Realized via an obscure Seventies Spanish film “Spirit of The Beehive” and the two little girls who search for a monster they saw in a movie. At once youthful and fantastical, the ruffled pieces featured a plethora of polka dots, honeycomb weaves and pearls—all in shades of pink, yellow, purple and black. The childlike sensibility featured gold floral thread work and exquisite beading cast in body-skimming shapes. There was a genuine innocence to the work, but it wasn’t at all silly.
Finale "pollen" gowns each featured a large heart on the bodice while a Janis Joplin, gypsy-rock purple dress rebelled with shearling decorated with chiffon and lace.