New York Fashion Week Series: Rodarte SS15

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Rodarte_SS151I have admired the beautiful, poetic designs from Rodarte for a long time – this season a dazzling array of punky mermaids and glamorous pirates walked the catwalk to the tune of ‘The Big Ship’ by Brian Eno.

“When Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy were children, their father would take them to see the famed tide pools of Monterey where they grew up, and the hypnotic beauty of the sea life—and their wonder at the exquisite colors they discovered there—have stayed with them ever since.

This season, they decided to channel those childhood memories by creating richly layered and embellished pieces of clothing that suggested seaweed and algae swirled by the seawater and rocks thick with crustaceans. ‘We wanted to re-create the texture of those underwater tide pools,’ Kate explained, ‘to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity’.” – Vogue.com

The dresses had the familiar fragility with which Rodarte become known for their designs. However there was a lot of strength in the collection also – the high waist ‘second skin’ pants were a favorite of mine, especially those accessorized with a belt fastened by a chunky fisherman’s hook.  The thigh high gladiator style boots were also something else.  Fashion for the bold indeed, but stunningly beautiful nonetheless.  Shiver me timbers, indeed.

Photos: Dazed Digital.

New York Fashion Week Series: DVF Diane Von Furstenberg

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DVF_NYFW_SS15Diane Von Furstenberg is not usually one of the brands I write about during my ‘Fashion Week Series’.  Quite possibly a fashion faux pas on my part, since DVF just brought out a stunning, breezy, 60s Bardot inspired collection of hugely pretty gingham dresses (you get this is a trend by now, right?) broderie anglaise ‘picnic dresses’ as Von Furstenberg calls them, bras, skirts, and hot-hues-of-pink gowns.

With bombshell models strutting along the catwalk (Candace Swanepoel, Lily Donaldson) as though they were on their way to dinner in St Tropez, this collection boasted a truly ‘holiday’ feeling aided by a delightful summertime palette of Yves Klein blue, powder pink, sunshine yellow and apple green.

Now point me in the direction of the French Riveria, s’il vous plait.

Read more about the collection on Vogue.com HERE. Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

New York Fashion Week Series: Altuzarra SS15

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Altuzarra_SS15_6Following a recently collaboration with U.S high street retailer Target, I was curious about Altuzarra‘s SS15 collection at New York Fashion Week.  I am a fan of the brand’s signatures – skirts with splits, a whole lot of body conscious-ness and tailored blazers, all here for Spring but with a rather unexpected injection of the romantic, the historic, and a little perverse in a Game-of-Thones kinda way.  As Dazed puts it: “Sinister and undone prettiness, ill-fated and doomed.”

Set to the soundtrack of Rosemary’s Baby, models strutted to Mia Farrow’s vocals wearing sixties gingham checks (with checks and stripes also shaping up as a theme for SS15),  near transparent, voluminous floral dresses, and, lingerie lovers will like this – pannier-style leather shapes over skirts.  Joseph Altuzarra was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie Barry Lyndon for this collection, which was set in 18th Century Ireland.  The floral dresses would certainly not look out-of-place in a Gainsborough painting.

An interesting collection for Altuzarra, described by Vogue as “focused, realistic, sensitive, and, in its final passages, romantically beautiful in a way he’s never quite attempted before.

See more of Altuzarra SS15 HERE on Vogue.com.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.