I am obsessed with Rodarte!!!! It is as simple as that. Every single season the Mulleavy sisters deliver that other kind of show...one less about commerce; one that moves fashion so far forward that at times we need to catch our breath as we try to attempt to keep with their pace. They have clearly deeply influenced design since they founded their thought provoking line...it was so apparent this week, with obvious nods to their genius in several other collections. Perhaps what I love most about them, maybe more then any other, is there ability to never veer off track. They have a complicated, at times dream-like, yet always so beyond fabulous vision and they never disappoint by completely changing direction!!! Yes, there was definitely an evolution in their FW '09 collection, but they still managed to show us a world where even the most deconstructed and artfully created pieces not only make sense, yet become the absolute must-haves of the season.
I read that they were inspired by materials found in nature, which you know I love, yet I found the collection less natural feeling, more "protective"...nature's armor perhaps. This is not a criticism, just my view of what the collection represented. You see fashion is so subjective...no matter what one sees in a collection, as long as the effect lifts you, surprises you and excites you, who cares if you get the back story. Rodarte did more than lift me this season...it inspired me to continue to search for true meaning in fashion...personal meaning!!!!
The techniques they use are an amazing combination of pure art and fashion science. This season, they went for a marble-like effect that to me resembled the most beautifully crafted armor. Each piece was more fabulous then the next...I can barely choose photos to show you. I was madly in love with the knitwear, clearly one of their signatures. Yes, you could really see the connection to nature's elements in the boucle-like pieces, but again to me they had more of chainmail-like effect...not in the harder Knight's of the Round Table sense, more romantic and feminine...less literally protective, more seductively encased or enveloped. They also use a paper mache-like technique that gives each piece an aged feel, which when combined with beyond forward-thinking design creates fashion magic.
One of these days, I need to get up close and personal with the collection, as I am dying to see, touch, experience the construction, the care and yes the pure love of fashion that goes into it. I promise when I do, I will share every bit of the experience with you. Rodarte is the kind of collection we should celebrate ladies!!!! You may not understand how it fits into your lifestyle (yet), but I promise their gift to fashion is just the pure fact that we haven't quite grasped the Rodarte vision...we all just need to catch up and when we do, I promise it will be magical!!!