NYFW S/S13: Rodarte

By  September 12, 2012

Leave it to the Rodarte sisters to buck the somber minimal mood of the forthcoming spring season with such gusto, print and patchwork leather that the fash pack almost forgot that for Spring 2013, black is shaping up to be the new black. The collection was a medieval rocker’s dream come true, a fantastic voyage into a world of the weirdly conceived and wonderfully crafted. The sisters channelled a kind of fantastical sci-fi vibe, think warrior princesses strapped into armoured scuba-sheaths but glossed with a kind of floral femininity–a delectable clash of dualities imbued with serious detailing.

Rodarte warrior princesses

Rodarte S/S13

Think Game of Thrones  sartorial other-worldliness colliding with a rock concert. Whimsical and edgy, now that’s a hard line to successfully toe. Hard met soft as vine-printed structured silk tops dove into flowing and power-slit floor-sweeping skirts or leather lace-up trousers were de-fetishized by soft silk tops. Tribally ethereal gowns saw their sheer, chiffon skits billowing to the winds but their torsos reigned in by rigid leather bodices. Girls had cuffs claimed to their ears, but were otherwise bereft of jewellery as chain and metal belts took centre-stage accessory-wise. Only at Rodarte can a collection that is so out of place and out of time look and feel so here and now.