Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rodarte: 10th Place Collection, Part 2

10 - Part 2. Rodarte Spring 2014

Rodarte Spring 2014: Key Looks

The cool (and controversial!) Spring 2014 collection bumps the previous three I've ranked down a spot each. First things first: I'm in the minority when I say that I really like this collection.  It was pretty universally panned (I'm looking at you, Robin Givhan) for its outright ostentation, but you know what? It was bold, ballsy, and quite different in feel than a lot of previous Rodarte collections. 

Rodarte Spring 2014: Key Looks

That said, the Mulleavys' Spring 2014 offering is definitely in strong conversation with its immediate predecessor, though Fall 2013's tie dye and angel wing appliqu├ęs were traded for a black and white palette and scorpion motif.  Last season's Santa Cruz girl has gone and become a Los Angeles badass, and the sisters have built a collection full of references to the city's history and storied reputation.

We see perhaps the chicest of cholas styled in top-buttoned plaid shirts, low-slung belts, backwards caps, vests, and studded suspenders.  Conversely, a lot of looks have this sense of eighties futurism, a Labyrinth meets hair-band feel, especially in terms of the collection's fringed, animal-print evening wear.  The footwear, shiny, gorgeously crafted ankle boots, keeps the Rodarte girl gang grounded at that cool, street level.  And I NEED a pair of those booties.

So ... what's not to like? Are the spangled, tasseled bras (loved them) really that much of a deal-breaker? Were the zebra-trim shorts (fab) a bit too much? Or is it maybe that this season's Rodarte girl isn't one that critics are used to yet?  I guess we'll see if this collection marked some kind of turning point for the Mulleavys or was simply a fun excursion.

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