This collection is a perfect indicator of things to come from the Mulleavy sisters. It is also batshit crazy. I found this one particularly hard to critique because most of it was so bizarre that I couldn’t imagine someone wearing most of it, much less someone designing it and saying to themselves “yeah, that looks good.” Most of the dresses are shapeless sacks and the volume is neither flattering nor particularly interesting. Some of the tailored stuff is interesting but the flowers on nearly every piece get a little overdone. The netting? – I don’t even know…
But this is part of what I love about Rodarte. Their collections are so memorable and weird that you can’t help but appreciate the work and talent going into these clothes, even if you’d never wear them.
Here’s where things really start getting interesting (at least for me). The eclecticism is starting to show here and so is their unique brand of ‘goth romantic girl’ which is a recurring theme. The layering, the texture, the combination of fabrics, and the drapery are all part of their recipe. Here, that recipe is starting to bear really interesting results and as they refine their methods, we will see more and more success in this ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ Rodarte way of doing things.