After a decade of showing on our fair shores, the ladies of Rodarte announced that they would be moving their presentations to Paris to coincide with the haute couture schedule. It makes a lot of sense. Rodarte is one of those rarified brands that manages to tiptoe between the worlds of ready to wear and couture, so we’re glad that a sister act like this is representing L.A. on the continent. That being said, the Mulleavy sisters’ first collection abroad focused on something very American: Charlotte’s Web, the children’s book that we all know and love.
It wasn’t literally a down-home county fair affair, however. Instead, the Mulleavys took inspiration from Charlotte’s own spidery creations and gave editors and buyers a chance to see the collection up close during one-on-one appointments.
You won’t ever read a review of a Rodarte show that doesn’t mention how the clothes need to be seen up close, so with this new format, editors are seeing the clothes up close. They’re touching, feeling, seeing the handwork and the spidery knits. They can appreciate the dew-inspired beading on a collar and the subtle ombré in a sweaterdress’ stripes. While many fashion die-hards will always associate Rodarte with those Tim Burton-esque knits, the designers claim that it’s the first time in a decade that they’ve used them — and they were missed. And while there were plenty of dresses on display, the emphasis seemed to be outerwear. There were studded asymmetrical leather jackets and toppers with sleeves brandishing ruffles and tiers. Those heavy outerwear pieces grounded all the etherial, airy knits. It was fairy-tale fashion brought down to the farm, to the real world. And while they’ll be missed on our home turf, it looks like Paris is treating Rodarte well.
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