Rodarte Spring Summer 2011 Collection

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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!

Rodarte SS 2011

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.

Rodarte summer 2011

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)

Rodarte spring 2011

Rodarte spring summer 2011

Rodarte spring summer 2011 collection


#1 mdinah on 09.16.10 at 3:08 pm

its still too artsy to be really wearable…
looks quite rigid, similar to samurai’s garments( was that their inspiration?)
to me it looks like there is some extra element in each piece that makes it wierd.
apparently the clothes in in the showroom are less edgy.

#2 Adriana on 09.17.10 at 3:16 am

……as some of the pieces showed, coincidentally my always beloved high waisted pants to go on where mdinah stopped.:) Yep, stick to wear what makes you look good. No, I wasn’t that impressed but it’s something that bothers me often lately. Since we can watch ALL these fashion shows online a lot of the magic has gone. These days four fashion weeks and hundreds of shows gives me a headache. A huge one….
Tom Ford has a point: stop it. The knock-offs are yet in production….no surprises anymore what’s in the shops anymore and what most people look like next summer….:(

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