New York Fashion Week Series: 3. Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy – the sisters behind Rodarte - have a special place in my heart for their quirky and romantic designs.  I always feel they offer something unique and ethereal season after season and this September was no exception.

Opening Ceremony’s blog described Rodarte’s spring summer 2013 collection as “a bit Dungeons and Dragons” combined with a little punk rock and new wave.  They continued:

“Structured bodices, shimmery fabrics, hologram sculptural shoes, fringed vests and leather grommet pants are all part of the look.” ~ Rory Satran, Opening Ceremony.

Vogue observed a sci-fi lean in the collection.  I thought it was an interesting mix of inspirations from different eras and worlds; medieval times, intergalactic battles and elvish charm.  (My lovely Twitter friend Krista suggested that Arwen might approve of the gowns).  Dresses came complete with body-armour – shoulder and breast plates – and chain mail style belts.

Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson on the catwalk gave the show a helluva lot of oomph.

Finally the accessories get honorable mention this season. Dragon ear cuffs and rose necklaces, you say?

Kate Mulleavy told Dazed Magazine:

There were so many layers to this and to pull it all together one of things we thought we were going to need more of was metal jewellery. It was based on bridging this idea of something that is rooted more in baroque and making it modern.”

Once again, I’m more than a little in love with Rodarte’s new collection. Now pass the sword, who’s for live role play?!

You can view the entire spring summer 2013 by Rodarte on Vogue.  Catwalk images here, also Vogue.

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte: My Dream Heels

Every once in a while, Blog Reader, I am a ‘shoe person’. Though not normally a ‘shoe person’ I occasionally find a pair of heels that make me go weak at the knees.  There are a few brands I look to for footwear inspiration – Camilla Skovgaard, Jerome C Rousseau, Alexander Wang and Nicholas Kirkwood - the heels in this post are by the latter, part of Kirkwood’s line for Rodarte‘s autumn winter collection in 2010:

A gorgeously gothic mix of dark and light: molten wax along the heel, crocodile skin patterning, delicate cut outs and pointe shoe ribbon ties, I purchased these heels at the Rodarte sample sale in New York City my first summer there, complete with runway model’s name taped to the sole.

I wonder if Kate and Laura Mulleavy had Black Swan in mind when discussing this collaboration…

To wear these heels is to let them be the focus of an outfit – here I’m back to black with my ASOS midi tank dress and my Graceship bag. They are shoes for an occasion, shoes to feel great and look great in.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

I’m interested in the psychology of shoes at this point, Blog Reader.  What is your relationship with footwear?  Where do you turn for a killer heel and is your closet populated with them or like me do you have one or two styles that you splurge on and love?

Shoes are the quickest way for women to achieve instant metamorphosis - Manolo Blahnik

Lingerie Lust returns next week, Blog Reader – have a great weekend!

StyleOnTheCouch wears: ASOS Midi tank body conscious dress; Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels; New York laptop bag from Graceship.

Monochrome Me: Rodarte X Opening Ceremony & Alice Yim

I can never stray too far from monochrome for long, Blog Reader.  The sun may still be shining here in New York after my holiday but a little black and white goes a long way both in summer and winter.  I often reach for this skirt, part of the collection that resulted from Rodarte‘s second collaboration with Opening Ceremony.  Beautifully designed with a high waist and side slits that flow as you walk, this black long slit skirt is a lovely evening number with a little added drama.

I am wearing a lot of my favourite designers this week which always makes me happy.  This slightly sheer Ivy Top by Alice Yim, available in both black (onyx) and white (seashell), has proved a perfect companion for skirts, shorts and jeans alike.

I was reminded, on wearing this outfit, to show some of the designs from Rodarte’s fall collection 12/13.  Not all reviews of this collection were positive but I personally liked the designs.  Alongside the signature floaty dresses a palette of earthy, forest colours – brown rust, orange, greys and fern greens sat alongside black and white.  Rodarte worked some interesting textures into this line; leather, cable knits and sherpa and silhouettes were wonderfully tailored, perhaps 30s or 40s style.

The Opening Ceremony blog noted that this collection might not look amiss on Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey, and I would have to agree.  Still romantic and pretty to look at (admittedly I realise my favourite pieces shown here are those styles in more of the ‘usual’ Rodarte vein) yet overall remarkably diverse in comparison to previous collections. To view fall 12/13 in its entirety click here.

Until I can afford their mainline collection*, I shall remain very content with this skirt, Blog Reader.

A monochrome related question. What is your favourite way to wear black and white? I have so many of these colours in my wardrobe, give me a little inspiration, Blog Reader.

Wearing: Skirt, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony; Ivy Top, Alice Yim; Shoes, Reiss; Clutch, gift from a friend. Slinkies Bandeau Bra (just seen) Made by Niki – pretty perfect for sheer tops right now.

*Yes, we could both be waiting a long time, *sigh*

Photos by Lydia Hydgens. Catwalk images: Elle.com.