Sophistication with an eclectic vibe and a great focus on femininity in an extremely original manner seem to have been the muse for Rodarte in creating the amazing spring 2012 collection presented at the New York Fashion Week. With a line that’s both feminine and edgy, boundary-pushing and refined, the Mulleavy sisters, Kate and Laura, prove that they are great dreamers when it comes to fashion, as they have apparently got lost in Van Gogh’s dream world. Known for their great obsession for horror films and gothic imagery, they managed to give birth to an exclusive fashion line for the next season, which is both weird and gorgeous.
With most of the designers mainly concentrating on nature for creating their collections for spring/summer 2012, Rodarte duo gave preference to the artistic theme and focused on the creations of Van Gogh to dazzle in the new season. There is even a dress printed with Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”! No wonder, each piece in the collection is itself a work of art, and this eclectic vision is certainly not for everyone.
The entire Rodarte Spring 2012 collection is endowed with a subtle geometric vibe, featuring highly structured and clearly defined touches, off-the-shoulder necklines and painterly strokes. Color-wise, the collection brought rich spring hues, such as mint, lilac, and mustard, blue and more. Sunflower prints – sometimes pixelated, sometimes imitating the ones Van Gogh painted – were more than vivid, alongside with Gogh’s pulsating lavender fields, spiraling sunbeams and Monet-flashes of London sunset.
Rodarte showed everything from oversized chunky knits to super-structured winged lapels, A-class dresses with full skirts to tunics and pant separates ensembles, leather lambskin tops, capris and mid length skirts, drapes, flowy dresses, all of which were styled with retro pin-up hair and heavy charcoal eyes. As Van Gogh’s last words said, “The sadness will last forever.” However, Rodarte proved that it won’t!
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