Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NYFW: Rodarte and Rodriguez's importance of roots

Rodarte S/S '15; image source:
Kate and Laura Mulleavy, or as everyone likes to call them the Rodarte sisters, love experimenting with fashion. It was all fun and games, though, in their early days of glory as the brand started to lose love towards 2011 and took a turn for the worst two seasons ago after an overpriced hook-er collection was presented in New York City and was instantly shredded to pieces by fans.

Realizing it may be the only way to regain what has been lost, the duo went back to its roots.

This season Rodarte is all about fishing. The Mulleavys opened the show with legendary model Jamie Bochert dressed in an all-white suit, knee-length lace boots that covered the pants and a subtle hint of navy via a two-piece belt with a hook. The reference became even more evident later on thanks to the oversized four-pocket parkas, the asymmetrical macrame lace skirts which imitated sea animals and the complemen-tary fishing nets hanging from their hems. Also, silver paillettes and three-dimensional flower embroideries felt like a perfect way to round up what seems to be a successful re-positioning of the long lost Rodarte brand.

Unlike the Mulleavys, Narciso Rodriguez has never lost his true sense of style. There is even some-thing almost cult-like in the way the designer has been protecting minimalism ever since starting his namesake brand and today he delivered no less, although the question up for debate now is 'When does one's signature style become déjà vu?'
Narciso Rodriguez S/S '15; image source:
There seems to be very little of 'interesting' in Rodriguez's latest clothes. No one can argue that the opening v-neck tops are impeccably done and very flattering on the models' chest or that his black pants will make every woman's 'to buy' list come this spring, but besides being a profit-generating business, fashion is supposed to be fun. There was something great about the silver embroidery on
the asymmetrical minis and the black lamé details that inspired Julianna Margulies's Emmy dress,
also by the designer, but sadly it wasn't enough to cover up for the lack of forward-moving direction.

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