It looks like Rodarte’s fascination with East LA hipster style was just part of a brief experimental stage. While there’s nothing wrong with experimentation (especially in fashion), the Mulleavy sisters return to what they do best for Fall 2014: intellectual, progressive style that previously culled influence from such obscure resources as Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Eva Hesse sculptures, and the cinematic works of Yasujirō Ozu.
For next season, the sisters turn their attention skyward to where a Rebel Alliance is fighting back against an evil Galactic Empire. We’re talking, of course, about Star Wars. While this might not seem as highbrow a reference as usual, the duo can be trusted to put a smart spin on the whole affair. Their unweaning interest in futurism and their ability to speak the language of dreamworld through fashion finds a perfect compliment in the fantasy of Star Wars. The first portion of the show is defined by fans of the saga; there are nerdy chic librarians, innocent children caught up in the wonder, and cyberpunk hackers passing for civilians. Shapes were loose, but clothes were dainty and demure. Flecked knitwear came out embroidered with large flowers, high-waisted drawstring pants recalled leisurewear, and midi-length skirts turned looks from kitschy to prim. The collection proved particularly adept at outerwear, with glittering coats and fur-collared parkas providing collegiate cool to the masses. There were a lot of fantastic moments in the presentation, but none more so than the finale, which showed evening gowns with scenes from Star Wars blown up and printed along the skirts.
There’s a reason that George Lucas sits front row at Rodarte and loves the brand; he too is a fantasy maker with an obsession to exorcise. Similarly, Rodarte’s nerdy girl is serious about her obsession – don’t even ask about The Big Bang Theory because she’ll just roll her eyes. Show her a gown with Luke Skywalker on it, however, and you’ll see her eyes light up.
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