Although labeled as Spring 2006, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is that 10-piece collection they came to New York with. Whether that’s true or not, you can certainly see some hints of what is yet to come for Rodarte: goddess-y draping, an emphasis on shoes, a color palette of blacks, peaches and whites etc. With only 10 pieces and not all of them photographed well, its hard to get a sense of the Rodarte aesthetic at this point.
Their love for black and off-whites is showing here. Although many of these dresses are pretty, most of them are missing, for me, that essential ‘Rodarte-ness’ that becomes clearer and clearer as we move through their collections. These clothes are almost too ordinary to be remarkable. There are certainly some nice details but again, I’m not getting a sense of Rodarte, just some pretty clothes.