New York Fashion Week Series: 3. Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy – the sisters behind Rodarte – have a special place in my heart for their quirky and romantic designs.  I always feel they offer something unique and ethereal season after season and this September was no exception.

Opening Ceremony’s blog described Rodarte’s spring summer 2013 collection as “a bit Dungeons and Dragons” combined with a little punk rock and new wave.  They continued:

“Structured bodices, shimmery fabrics, hologram sculptural shoes, fringed vests and leather grommet pants are all part of the look.” ~ Rory Satran, Opening Ceremony.

Vogue observed a sci-fi lean in the collection.  I thought it was an interesting mix of inspirations from different eras and worlds; medieval times, intergalactic battles and elvish charm.  (My lovely Twitter friend Krista suggested that Arwen might approve of the gowns).  Dresses came complete with body-armour – shoulder and breast plates – and chain mail style belts.

Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson on the catwalk gave the show a helluva lot of oomph.

Finally the accessories get honorable mention this season. Dragon ear cuffs and rose necklaces, you say?

Kate Mulleavy told Dazed Magazine:

There were so many layers to this and to pull it all together one of things we thought we were going to need more of was metal jewellery. It was based on bridging this idea of something that is rooted more in baroque and making it modern.”

Once again, I’m more than a little in love with Rodarte’s new collection. Now pass the sword, who’s for live role play?!

You can view the entire spring summer 2013 by Rodarte on Vogue.  Catwalk images here, also Vogue.

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17 Responses to New York Fashion Week Series: 3. Rodarte

  1. Krista Peck says:

    Yep…entirely in love w/ this!

  2. cinnaspring says:

    I love the mixing of elements in the dresses, definitely something I’d wear if I were thrown into a fantasy book…. and that 1st dress? AMAZING.

  3. I already commented on Instagram, so I have already said that I loved the Rodarte sisters creativity and, beign a big fan of Games of Thrones, I was delighted to see their stylish, feminine ‘warriors’!

  4. fetebar says:

    I love the intricate detailing and play on textures that went into this collection. amazing!!

  5. kimberleevdw says:

    Amazing. Very Battlestar Galactica/future sci-fi inspired. LOVE LOVE LOVE the ear cuff 🙂

  6. Cee says:

    Rodarte is, possibly after Chanel, the line I most look forward to seeing at Fashion Week. And this year, as usual, they did not disappoint. I am not, by any means, a sci-fi girl but I can nonetheless appreciate the harder elements they’ve added to their always ethereal and romantic designs. The first dress you’ve showcased in this post was by far my favourite from the collection – the emerald shade with gold is utterly stunning!

  7. olga says:

    Lovely collection, love the mix of different elements and patterns, very unusuall and feminine!

  8. I love that dragon ear cuff!

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  10. ediesaysmeow says:

    How are their designs so crazy and yet not tacky in the slightest?!

    • I think perhaps the combination of fabrics and textures gives the styles a unique appeal? The silk and the metal, the armor details and the feminine flow…. everything just works. I think the sisters are truly artists as well as designers, they impress me each and every time.

  11. Dempeaux says:

    The colour of the first dress is just lovely 🙂

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