I am sitting in the office with a nice brew watching the pre-amble to the Rodarte show as it is streamed love on SHOWstudio.com
17.15 Kirsten Dunst being mobbed by enthusiastic paps
17.20 Alex Fury of SHOWstudio is introducing the collection (and pointing out all the most distinguished FROWers. OOoh, There is Andre Leon Talley.
17.24 DVF is wearing a big fur hat.
17.30 Ooh, tartan. Thick carpety –textured sheepskin and wool, in that X across the chest style we’ve come to know in the sisters eveningwear
17.37 These are serious knits – matted rainbow coloured mohair skirts, plaid kilts, but not as you know them – more like the warrior Rodarte woman, living in a cave in the Scottish Highlands rather than on a huge flat Midwestern plain like previous muses . . .
17.39 Mmm, now that’s a nice silhouette – cream lace body suit with the shaggy sheepy outerwear.
17.40 Mix of textures-lace, sheeny satin. . . . are those shoulders CROCHETED?
Music-wise the music sways out of the Fleetwoods and into Elvis. Somehow the corniest tunes seem to take on different emotions at fashion shows.
17.44 The models are starting to line up in formation, looking like ghostly brides. Get those shoulder-rugs. I would SO get married in something like that. . . .
The finale – lights down, ultra-violets on, and the spooky all white collection takes on a totally new dimension.
Aah. Over so soon.
Phew that was exhausting!
Verdict . . .
In past collections the girls (sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy) have had gothic/warrior styled girls in pieces that, when taken out of context – and placed onto the red carpet for example – they are actually very feminine, delicate and intricate.
The designers hand-finish every piece, giving a unique quality to each one.
Todays collection seemed the warmer, more snugly and definitely softer, less not aggressive at all.
The paleness of the garments really tied it together as a collection, though the smudges of colour we did see – like the lilac and violet on the mohair kilt made me want maybe just a teensy bit more to brighten up the neutrals.
Lovely though – if a move towards the pretty and girly and away from the warrior queen tip.