Rodarte turns Los Angeles street kitsch into an animal-print-heavy collection for Spring/Summer 2014.
Come next season, the most fearsome predators on the streets of urban jungles will be outfitted in Rodarte. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy pay homage to the West Coast street scene with an aggressive collection of menswear-inspired blazers, fringe-trimmed hot pants, slit skirts, and cropped corset tops. Backwards baseball caps, low-slung grommeted leather belts, and chunky jewelry feel like a throwback to 90s street fashion, befitting of the 90s comeback that’s making its rounds at New York Week this season. It’s easy to picture the celebrities that embody the kind of edgy irreverence presented in this collection – Rihanna and Miley Cyrus instantly come to mind. This youth-oriented label may be tapping into the hip “ratchet” zeitgeist that’s the buzz at the moment, but moments like this tend to pass quickly, especially in fashion. The non-stop assault of shiny animal prints felt like a twee take on Cavalli, while the tiny shorts and men’s blazers are perfect for the Cobrasnake crowd. It’s also easy to picture the Los Angeles club goer in Rodarte’s silk dress cut with a swath of sheer paneling at the waist and wrapped with a threatening scorpion print. Rodarte mines a niche for a fashion moment, but blink and the trend will be gone in 60 seconds.
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