There's always something subtly surreal and dreamy about a Rodarte runway show. Almost as though the Mulleavy sisters have gone on some psychedelically induced creative journey before devising each collection.
It would certainly seem like an apt creative process for their Autumn Winter 2013 offering, considering their free spirited California upbringing & lifestyle - plus a roll call of 60's & 70's rock icons - appeared to be their inspiration.
Amongst a haze of surf-culture inspired tie-dye dresses and Pacific Highway biker chic, the spirits of icons past (even if unintentionally) appeared like apparitions on the runway.
There was Jane Birkin in a slouchy, khaki trench coat or beatnik black. Stevie Nicks followed in all her Edwardian, frothy, off the shoulder finery. And then there was Marianne Faithful, working 'rock chick romantic' in various incarnations of leather vs. chiffon.
The problem with dreams, however, is that they are often perplexing affairs. Whilst under their spell, they seem to make perfect sense. It is only in the cold light of day that the confusing juxtaposition of ideas and imagery truly makes itself known.
So ultimately, this collection was not as cohesive and focused as last season. But many of the editors and buyers would still agree; this is the stuff that fashionistas dreams are made of - and these surrealistic siblings are here to help those dreams come true.
by Andrew Holden in New York