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: 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.

New York Fashion Week Series: Creatures Of The Wind SS15

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Yes, Blog Reader, it is that time of year again.  The time of year when, in the words of Carrie Bradshaw: “Women of New York leave the past behind and look to the future… This is known as Fashion Week.”

First up in my New York Fashion Week series for SS15 is Creatures of the Wind.  Last season, Creatures of the Wind presented a collection inspired by Japan. For SS15, designer Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters took inspiration from the phrase “”the fantasy of travel to nowhere”; with a theme of East-meets-West for a collection showcasing mixed prints, layering, a splattering of sequins, embroidery and beading and some fantastic athletic inspired notes (a linen hoodie; piping on pants and day dresses).

The colour palette for the show was varied.  As these backstage photos from Sonny Vandevelde demonstrate, the palette moved from relaxing light blue and cheerful lemon yellow to black, crimson and scarlet red (which I learned in writing this post is associated with happiness in Asian cultures, as opposed to the arresting danger implicit in this shade for the West).  There were some great details – lots of ties situated at the back and chunky belts over coats.

Overall the show felt energizing.   Perfect for travelling just anywhere, really.

See more Creatures of the Wind HERE.