12 September 2012 by

Rodarte Spring Summer 2013: Medieval Meets Motorbiker Mavens

The kooky (a.k.a. genius) Mulleavy sisters delved deep into their Pandora's box of tricks this season, giving us a heady mix of Medieval meets motorbiker maven, looking as though they'd stepped out of an episode of 'Game of Thrones' and into a dark and fantastical remake of 'Easy Rider'.

The result was a parade of punky warrior princesses and gothic biker babes stomping determinedly down the runway, as if on a mission to eradicate any lasting remnants of mediocrity from American fashion once and for all, like an army of Rodartian super heroes.

On the opening looks, there was a masterful mix of ornate, dimensional fabrics such as guipere lace, deluxe brocade and jacquard - cleverly constructed into short dresses that appeared to be kitted out with luxurious armour.

Following these came pieces employing a devilish use of leather. This created a wardrobe fit for a host of heavenly Hells Angels dressed to kill in fetishy grommeted biker pants and tassle-tastic biker jackets.

There was also a customary use of crochet on some 60's style shifts (also colourfully resembling armour) proving that the sisters' signature artisanal stylings and commitment to handicrafts is still intact.

And to round it all off, there was a sprinkling of red carpet candidates in the shape of ethereal gowns tinged with a hard gothic edge (no doubt pleasing Kirsten Dunst, who was avidly watching from the front row).

This was ultimately a high gloss collection (with undoubtedly high gloss price tags to match). However , it maintained a dark underbelly which, needless to say, nailed one of New Yorks biggest emerging trends: luxurious high design borne out of gritty subculture.

Watch out Paris, the New Yorkers are coming.

by Andrew Holden


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