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Show Report: Rodarte S/S 16 Womenswear

by Kiki Georgiou on 16 September 2015

Kiki Georgiou reports on the Rodarte S/S 16 womenswear show.

Kiki Georgiou reports on the Rodarte S/S 16 womenswear show.

A glam rock sci-fi fairy tale starring a travelling dance troupe of Disney princesses, Stevie Nicks worshippers and Ziggy-era-Bowie wardrobe raiders. I really hope that was the Rodarte sisters’ first feature film pitch. If not, at least they made this collection and put on today’s show, which stood confidently on what they’ve accomplished so far (pretty solid ground if you ask me) and went beyond it. There’s been a lot of talk lately about the direction in which Laura and Kate might be taking their label and today’s show, all abandoned spaceship flashing light poles and Electric Light Orchestra soundtrack, was a firm indication that they’ll continue to do what they love to do. And do it even better. The RADARTE sweatshirts are cool but so is a Victorian poet’s beaded lace, velvet and silk fringe unworn wedding dress.

Talking of weddings, this collection was the perfect marriage of creativity for the love of it and making things that can, should, and will, sell. Like the liquid hand-beaded slate blue suit with its long paisley scarf trailing behind it, or the Mongolian lamb fluffy-cloud jackets and the shimmery, and steamy, black sequin mini skirts – worthy rivals to a popular Parisian rock chick outfitter. A striped chiffon ruffle blouse, belted (silver rose chain) into a pair of burgundy suede high-waisted trousers, cropped to better show off the incredible Art Deco shoes, made last season’s 70s nostalgia trip seem limp. The hair clips, the dream-catcher earrings, the lace tights, the shoes! Next stop, where dreams are made, Hollywood.

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