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RODARTE SPRING 2009

The Mulleavy sisters are the winners of the CFDA award, and although that’s wonderful, the brighter the spotlight, the greater pressure there is – so when you create a buzz like the two sisters have done with Rodarte, you better live up to it.

The Rodarte show stood out in new York, and in the front row were Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood and Diane Von Fustenberg, and members of the fashion royalty that usually don’t bother attending
young designer shows.

This Rodarte collection was said to be inspired by light installations, skeletons and x-rays (the invite was an x-ray).

The skeleton effect was very visible on certain cut out leather pieces, especially on the tops.  However, the x-ray effect was only to be found in the lighting installations, so it seemed the sisters could have gone way further with their vision.

The show opened in a good direction, starting with nude colored pieces where they introduced newer elements to their collection like leather, skirts and jackets.  There’s wasn’t much of the day wear which could get them a lot more retail attention (lets face it, we don’t go out to cocktail parties every day).


The show then led on to beautiful pieces very reminiscent of their F/W 08 collection, only in a different color variation, with a lot of deteriorated cotton and wool dresses with metal chains, leather detailing, sometimes paired with cut out leggings which became repetitive.

The mixed fabric hand painted gowns that closed the show were red carpet material. Every single dress was embellished
with Swarovski crystals, some visible and others very well hidden.

Overall, Rodarte was a good show.  Even though it was hard to decode all their influences, the Mulleavy sisters are developing their signature look. I don’t doubt they won the heart of many new fans.


 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.

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