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RodarteSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/10/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are masters at immersing the fashion world into fantasy: often complicated, sometimes confusing, and overall just plain old pretty. Functionality isn't often the aim - this is aspirational high-fashion with restraint left far, far behind. The duo definitely flexed their design prowess for Spring which roamed the picturesque panorama of their creative minds, while converting their artful inspirations into artisanal detailing, charming silhouettes, and surprisingly functional clothing - though admittedly uncanny at times. Just take the beauty look at play as an example: silver rings accenting the models' eyebrows. Rodarte isn't for wimps: being ready to push the envelope is key.

Stovepipe pants are having a moment in the Spring collections and they emerged here from look number one, paired with a ruffle-accented wispy high-neck blouse and thigh-high lace-up sandals: honestly one of the most wearable looks from Rodarte we've ever seen. That devotion to functionality was littered throughout the first half of the lineup - presenting what the brand's loyal fans can wear everyday while bringing on a whole host of new admirers who like their clothes practical with a taste of fanciful flair.

Outerwear was a priority and infused the assortment with utilitarian spirit by way of utility jackets with bomber-style stripe cuff hems, oversized pockets, and sporty chic detailing including ribbed knit and mesh. Sequin embellishment added some romance to the equation while a couple of of band jacket-inspired coats were layered over the collection's fragile, asymmetric hem mini dresses for a hard and soft contrast.

The Mulleavy women couldn't leave us without the poetic designs women from the Big Apple to Paris lose their minds over, thus those punctuated the second half of the show with rosette-strewn gowns, iridescent fabrics, and colorful paillettes. Though sure to work only on the red carpet and at the mercy of camera flashes, the ensembles were out of this world and expertly crafted.

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Rodarte is original: they don't submit to trends and truly march to beat of their own drum. The brand's designs aren't always functional, but they photograph well and create a world of fantasy: one that isn't dripping with practicality but still draws women in and makes them want to save and stash for the coins it will take to own a Mulleavy-designed piece. Those daydream-worthy looks were aplenty here, but it was also nice to see the sisters cling onto a bit of functionality - if only for a moment.

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9/10/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are masters at immersing the fashion world into fantasy: often complicated, sometimes confusing, and overall just plain old pretty. Functionality isn't often the aim - this is aspirational high-fashion with restraint left far, far behind. The duo definitely flexed their design prowess for Spring which roamed the picturesque panorama of their creative minds, while converting their artful inspirations into artisanal detailing, charming silhouettes, and surprisingly functional clothing - though admittedly uncanny at times. Just take the beauty look at play as an example: silver rings accenting the models' eyebrows. Rodarte isn't for wimps: being ready to push the envelope is key.

Stovepipe pants are having a moment in the Spring collections and they emerged here from look number one, paired with a ruffle-accented wispy high-neck blouse and thigh-high lace-up sandals: honestly one of the most wearable looks from Rodarte we've ever seen. That devotion to functionality was littered throughout the first half of the lineup - presenting what the brand's loyal fans can wear everyday while bringing on a whole host of new admirers who like their clothes practical with a taste of fanciful flair.

Outerwear was a priority and infused the assortment with utilitarian spirit by way of utility jackets with bomber-style stripe cuff hems, oversized pockets, and sporty chic detailing including ribbed knit and mesh. Sequin embellishment added some romance to the equation while a couple of of band jacket-inspired coats were layered over the collection's fragile, asymmetric hem mini dresses for a hard and soft contrast.

The Mulleavy women couldn't leave us without the poetic designs women from the Big Apple to Paris lose their minds over, thus those punctuated the second half of the show with rosette-strewn gowns, iridescent fabrics, and colorful paillettes. Though sure to work only on the red carpet and at the mercy of camera flashes, the ensembles were out of this world and expertly crafted.

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Rodarte is original: they don't submit to trends and truly march to beat of their own drum. The brand's designs aren't always functional, but they photograph well and create a world of fantasy: one that isn't dripping with practicality but still draws women in and makes them want to save and stash for the coins it will take to own a Mulleavy-designed piece. Those daydream-worthy looks were aplenty here, but it was also nice to see the sisters cling onto a bit of functionality - if only for a moment.


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