You know, I was feeling remorseful (in a fashionable way, biensur) for having started the NY Fashion Week reviews with (what looked like) the best collection – Marc Jacobs. Now I know I was actually lucky! Lucky to have stepped out in the Fashion Week Wide Mad World with the right foot. I ever I would have taken the NYFW road using the Rodarte Spring Summer 2011 perspective, doom was written all over my articles.
Long introduction, but I needed it! After watching the Rodarte Spring Summer 2011 collection video (you can watch it too, I included it right after the jump), I felt lost. All my Rodarte certitudes were turned to dust. Golden dust, but dust nevertheless. Come, come click through, let’s debate this!
So it’s obvious that the stylists books ordered demure, sage and 70s for the spring summer 2011 collections. That description doesn’t necessarily match the Rodarte aesthetic. Unless they use “chainsaw” in it. Which they didn’t. The result struck me as a total fail. Sartorial, inspirational fail.
There was this movie with Laetitia Casta and Gerard Depardieu – something from the Asterix and Obelix series – that’s what the Mulleavy sisters must have had in mind when creating this collection. A long list of historical misfits walking down the runway – actually that was more impressive than the collection itself. The settings could be modestly described as interesting – the wooden industrial pallets, the neon lamps flashing, the green lights underneath those pallets? I really thought, at the end, that all the golden dusted models will somehow manage to teleport themselves (or at least the outfits) back into the Roman Empire ages where they came from in the first place. Stick with the video till the end and tell me if it wasn’t what you thought also! (you can see images from the entire collection here)