Monday Muse: Rodarte’s Geek Chic, Sci-Fi Fall 2014

Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte Fall 2014

During most fashion shows, the final few looks mark each designer’s take on after-dark dressing. Evening wear, cocktail dresses, sometimes even a wedding dress or two. It’s the last look the audience sees and the last thing on everyone’s mind when they leave a show. For the designing sisters of Rodarte, they gave a finale that didn’t just stay in the mind of editors after the show, it permeated the rest of fashion week and gave editors some real food for thought. The reason? Let’s just say the last few looks featured a sci-fi fantasia. There were prints pulled right from Star Wars and at that very moment, the intersection of geek and chic came together in a way that Google Glass can only dream of.

Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte Fall 2014

And while those stunning Star Wars dresses aren’t necessarily wearable tech, they did bring into question the principles of wearable tech. Is it really necessary when the world of fashion can be awestruck by something like a draped evening gown that’s emblazoned with R2-D2 and C-3PO?

We’ll leave that to team of folks at Google, Samsung and Apple, who are undoubtedly working around the clock on products that will have the general public walk the streets looking like C-3PO lite, but according to Mulleavy sisters, the intersection of tech and fashion goes only as far as those prints. In their usual way, the Rodarte sisters designed a collection that mashed up L.A. street culture (though it was a little lighter on the chola this season than last) with high fashion through the eyes of comic nerds and cosplay fanatics.

Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte Fall 2014

The result was a lush collection that spanned everything from granny-leaning crocheted smocks and glittery anoraks that gave a virtual wink to the cold that blasted the country for most of the winter (in L.A., it was mild to say the least) to those show stopping Star Wars gowns. Just like geek chic shouldn’t really work but manages to have its own sense of charm, the collection’s mixed media pieces (fur with sparkle and knit — all in one piece) and patchwork velvet gowns with lush Medieval and Florentine embroidery don’t seem right on paper, but when they walked down the runway, you couldn’t help but smile.

Fun, fashion and futurism? It’s all here and best of all, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.