Illustrated Prints: Rodarte x Opening Ceremony

Back in August I wrote about Rodarte’s second collection for Opening Ceremony.  Inspired by the Nordic romance of Scandinavia, the collection offered a soft palette of mint, blush and ochre for beautifully billowing silk dresses adorned with ruffles.  Of the many collaborations in style last year this remained a firm favourite of mine.  I feel that Mulleavy sisters are continually creating gorgeous, whimsical and compelling clothing inspired by both past and future alike.  When this line went on sale at the end of last year, I visited Opening Ceremony’s Howard Street showroom (if you’re ever stuck in a style-rut this is a place to provide you with inspiration to get back your fashion mojo) to try on these coveted items.

This high neck maxi dress with ruffled collar and sleeves is a unique and perhaps unusual purchase for me.  The illustrated top to toe “room” print (a living room, complete with sleeping dog, coat stand and table, no less) and cut-out shoulder detail makes for a very interesting design and I am rather in love with my new dress.  A break from the norm is always quite scary but I feel surprisingly at home with the Rodarte aesthetic.  The dress moves beautifully and the corset-style bodice and ruffles along the waist line create beautiful proportions.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

If you are in or around Los Angeles, you can visit the Rodarte exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum, where they showcase their beautiful Fra Angelico gowns. The pieces – which were designed alongside spring 2012 – now form part of the museum’s permanent collection).  Inspired by Italian art, specifically the Renaissance frescoes in the monastery of San Marco by Fra Angelico in Florence, Italy, as well as the Baroque sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  One of my new blog crushes, The Box of Nerds, recently wrote about her visit to the exhibition, which is ongoing until February 5th:

Photo collage above taken from The Box of Nerds.

There are still items from the Fall 2011 collection by Rodarte for Opening Ceremony on sale on the Opening Ceremony site.  OC also sell Rodarte’s mainline collection, so if you are blessed with a healthy bank balance or wish to dream then do check this out here.

I think illustrated prints are going to be a big theme for spring and summer – do you have anything like this in your wardrobe? Also, do you share my love affair with Rodarte?