Despite this being a spring collection, the tone is very dark and gothic, and is a clear evolution from their Fall 09. Straps, leather, biker mini dresses and the deconstruction that is their signature regardless of the materials. The idea that someone could “be scarred and still beautiful” was the collection’s leitmotif and I think they fully achieved their goal. Their inspiration was a marriage of primitivism with modernism and inspired by the desert and a post-apocalyptic heroine. Rodarte’s themes are always intriguing, if a little complex – which is reflected in their designs.
Gothic Prairie Girl comes to mind when looking at this collection as a whole. Here, the Mulleavy sisters seem to be stretching themselves and it is very exciting. With no black in sight, the color palette seems to have matured away from the more obvious ‘gothic’ to a more unique interpretation. Muted nudes, white, prints(!), crocheting, lace and that wine color work together to give us something really fresh and yet totally Rodarte. Although I saw some truly hideous pieces in this collection, I also some incredible gems.Their layering and combination of elements, when it works, is unparalleled.