Pastels and Peplum ~ Rodarte X Opening Ceremony

I go weak at the knees for Rodarte, I really do.  I find many of their dresses have that dream-like, sleeping beauty quality – a truly romantic feel.  When the Metropolitan Museum of Art held their Addressing Fashion exhibition, they described Rodarte gowns as characterised by an obsessional attention to detail:

A selection of Rodarte dresses over the last few years – catwalk images below from Elle

“At Rodarte, stiffer fabrics in brocades and metallics are invested with movement and swing and the house’s favored organzas and chiffons are painstakingly worked to emphasize their fluttering ethereality. A Rodarte gown, therefore, is not only beautiful in the long view of the red carpet but also in circumstances of greater intimacy. The seduction of their craft is in the lightness of their touch.” ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art

This photoshoot is one of my favourites.  I’m wearing my peplum dress from the second Rodarte x Opening Ceremony collection – complete with amazing details: a flouncy hemline; ruffled bodice and skirt and open shoulders.  I own two dresses from this collection (you can see the other dress here) that was themed around the Mulleavy sister’s vision of a nordic winter:

“Ruffled textures and beadwork accent clean scandinavian lines, mock necks and draped shoulders.  Mints, blush and ochre combine for a romantic colorscape grounded in earthy browns” ~ Opening Ceremony

I’m longing for warmer weather to break out this dress.  In approximately two months, if you see someone flouncing around Manhattan in this dress (fairy godmother optional), it could well be me.

Photos by the wonderfully talented Lydia Hudgens.
Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (closest matches here).

Doing The Splits.

Current obsession: skirts with splits.

Back in 2010 I remember a resurgence of skirts and dresses with splits on the catwalk, I’m thinking specifically here of Versace (never shy of exposing the thigh, I admit), Lanvin and Zac Posen.  I found this amazing high-waisted slashed maxi skirt in the Rodarte for Opening Ceremony collection and well, I couldn’t do splits by halves so I just went for it.

The design of the skirt is incredibly flattering.  The high waist gives a sculpted look with enough fabric before the slashes begin to make me feel ‘secure’ in wearing it.  The splits stop just shy of being too revealing although it’s still a bold design to carry off. Don’t ask me about walking down the stairs* or gusts of wind….

There are some amazing pieces available in this kind of style right now.  I’m particularly noticing leather skirts with splits in – Rodarte designed a shorter version of this here in leather, for the same collection for Opening Ceremony.  I’ve included some of my inspirations for this style here – I’m particularly drawn to the Burberry Prorsum mustard dress above and the ASOS pencil skirt in mint is on my never-ending wish list (a perfect spring skirt!)

Image above: left to right: Burberry Prorsum slash front silk dressASOS pencil skirt in mint and Lanvin side split beach maxi from Net a Porter.

Above, left to right; Cecile halter maxi dress from Reiss (see me wearing this dress here); Rodarte for Opening Ceremony slit leather skirt and McQueen split leather pencil skirt on Net a Porter.

Will you be daring to brave the split this year, Blog Reader?

Main image, top: wearing: skirt from Opening Ceremony; blouse, Madison Marcus, from Barneys NY, shoes, Andriana from Nine West.

*I don’t care, I’m wearing a little piece of Rodarte and I shall get taxis EVERYwhere.

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?