For women who look forward to Rodarte’s brainy inspiration and imaginatively crafted clothes, last season’s line-up was a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy return to the bedrock foundation of the brand for Spring/Summer 2016: taking esoteric influences and transforming them into unbelievably gorgeous and creatively challenging works of art. This time, it was poetry that informed their collection, which lent a soulful quality to the dazzling, romantic, Stevie Nicks clothes they whipped up for the forthcoming season. 1970s glam rock uniforms bent to the Mulleavys’ romantic whims, and the duo sent forth a heavily beaded, sequined, and glittering parade of lamé jumpsuits, frothy mini dresses, and diaphanous gowns down the runway.
It wasn’t all frocks and frippery on the Rodarte runway — interesting injections of tweed and suede added stately sophistication to the proceedings. In particular, tweed trousers that were cut with ribbed knit panels, or covered in lavish beading, were lovely takes on the poet uniform. If the artfully arranged collage of lace, sequins, velvet, and silk that comprised Rodarte’s fanciful dresses weren’t luxe enough for you, the brand also unleashed a stunning selection of enormous Mongolian fur coats. The glitz and glam of the collection may have followed a well-trod path carved by the likes of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and (of late) Louis Vuitton, but under the neon lights of Dan Flavin’s installation, we still couldn’t help but feel attracted to the spectacle, like moths to the flame.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree