fashion week review numero uno: rodarte!

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rodarte

As per requested on my formspring, here's a review. I wrote it as I was watching the show for the third time, so I do apologize if it seems rambly. It's straight from my brain, and I am a rambly person.

This collection was very different from any other one they’ve ever done. It wasn’t a continuation of anything, though the shapes they used were signature Mulleavy. It was a new exploration, and that in itself is admirable…. A lot of designers “cop out” (in my opinion, and who cares about my opinion) and just continue on their last season’s look with different colors and call it a day.

That being said, I had to watch A/W 10 a few times before I felt like I could appreciate it. Not because it’s ugly. It’s not. It’s just feels more complex (maybe just different, maybe I'm used to them being fierce as opposed to sweet?) than anything they’ve done, maybe because it’s pulled straight from the subconscious. It’s not polished, not really, and there are some looks that I did note “flaws” – pants were too baggy (well, they are on MODELS, so that is forgivable), maybe a sweater was a bit too bulky for the look as a whole – but I think it’s endearing and makes the collection more sincere. It’s not supposed to be polished, because the vision they were translating wasn’t crisp anyway: it was a dream state, a half-state -- and that was translated perfectly. You feel disoriented, but safe despite it; the colors lure you in and the textures make you curious. The first time I viewed the collection and I saw the random gingham thrown in I raised an eyebrow. The second time I was ambivalent. The third I grinned; it made me happy.



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Oh man, the textures. I love the textures so much. I wish I could see it in person and just watch it in person. Things are always better in person, and this collection is such a statement I am dying to see how it’s styled. It would be too easy to take a whole look from the runway and mimic the dream state in the pages of a magazine, so I am looking forward to see stylists tackle it as a challenge., to see them try and blend it in with other looks. It will be an interesting feat.

I think my favorite looks were the long dresses towards the end. They felt the most magical, the most pure and pristine, like we were finally allowed to fall into the fantasy fully, like we were being held captive beforehand. It reminded me of a dream-warrior, a fairy princess asleep in her tower, but who’s notorious for being a little bit cold. She’s different from the other princesses, a little nerdier, a little rougher, but she’s still got that good breeding. She’s a little strange and a little wonderful, and she’s distant and lovely and you know less about her the more you try to talk to her. In my head, that’s the kind of girl I see in these dresses.



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she would sleep on this kind of bed!

Right when I felt with conviction that, “yes, this is an amazing collection,” and I was sure about the final vision, they brought it to the next level. BLACKLIGHT. WONDER. GLOWING. I can’t be more literate about it because it was too awesome and I’m not eloquent enough for it, but trust that it was magnificent. The shoes alone could have made any show phenomenal (I mean, melted candlewax? Floating models? Yes, I’d like a pair every day of the week.) I mean, really. Jeez.

So, do I like this collection? Yes. Is it the most beautiful of theirs to me? I don’t think so; I think the bloody collection might be. But is it the most complex, the most admirable to me? Hell yeah. It doesn’t exactly push you like the past collections… this is a softer Rodarte. It’s not an attempt to be a perfect vision. It’s ethereal; a little blurry and a whole lot of wonderful.


hopefully this wasn't too long for you. if it was, oh well.

20 comments:

SomedayNewYorker said...

Rodarte is perfection every time. Sasha looks gorgeous.

katthroatworld said...

i agree with your review. i thought the collection was beautiful, even if it wasn't as edgy as the brand usually is. i love that pic of the bed. i want one! even if i'd have really bad allergies from it.. haha..

firefly said...

Yeah. This collection was a bit difficult to understand; I had to pull out candyfloss parts of it to digest and piece it back together again. However, it was still soft and ethereal and beautiful.

ushi sato said...

super love RODARTE!

Laura. said...

I must say I didn't really like much of the collection. I don't know it just felt too... well I don't quite know.
I did love the nude colours though.

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diane said...

Arabelle, you have the most interesting way of writing. I would read one of your reviews anytime.
Your future plans include writing for a major publication, right? I hope so.

Shopper said...

I feel so stupid when I'm reading your posts.

I like delicate colors and interesting textures. Mulleavy's ideas are in general good and creative.

KD said...

Very well spoken! I wholeheartedly approve and agree with pretty much everything!

Soooali said...

Fantastic review, very well written!

Emilie said...

I see exactly what you mean. And I also agree about the dresses, those and the 'eagle' sweater were probably my favorite pieces.

Sammi said...

Awesome collection.

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lyris said...

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Devon said...

Loving this Rodarte review. x

Juliet said...

I think it would be so much better in person, or editorial. The runway shots didn't really deliver the feeling -lucky we had the video!

juliet xxx

Erik said...

I like this collection better than their last. I love the romanticism of the collection. I did love their early collections best though... Great blog, maybe we can swap links. :)

MarishkaRI0tkhsiram said...

I loved how different Rodarte was for their collection. True, they are more edgy, but it's so far one of my fav shows, unlike some I've seen on live stream [cough Alexander Wang]

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

I loved the gauzy ethereal nightgown-ish dresses in this collection. Lauren

Tangent Mag said...

ahhhh rodarte...
what beautiful colours in this collection..

Tangent's in love

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