As soon as I saw Rodarte’s Fall collection, I envisioned the model as a chick knee deep in books + tech gadgets, but trying to be sexy while wearing a turtleneck with everything. I asked myself, ’Could she be too cold for being so skinny or is she trying to hide a zit on her chest, wearing a turtleneck under a sleeveless dress, with such a flattering deep front plunge?’, but then designers Kate + Laura Mulleavy told WWD it’s all about time travel.
Both Mulleavy’s are products of the late Seventies + for this collection, childhood nostalgia prevailed as the impetus for such genius irony. Laura explained to WWD that ‘Things you would imagine you wanted to wear when you were younger, or even just our understanding of the time period we grew up in,’ was the inspiration for the collection. Don’t you just love these glittery utilitarian coats with fur collars?The Seventies celebration kept going with crystal encrusted dresses (below, looks 2 + 4), along with a sweater decorated with crochet flowers (below, look 1).
But the ultimate geek chic moment of the collection was, in two words, Star Wars. Imagery from the designers’ favorite movie trilogy – Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2 + Yoda – was printed on asymmetric draped silk charmeuse gowns. It’s cool how the top of the dress with Luke Skywalker on it (below, look 1), bears a slight resemblance to the same kimono style jacket worn by the Jedi image, yet ‘tied’ on the opposite side.
(photos: Giovanni Giannoni)