Many in the industry have asked how viable the Rodarte business is. Fair enough. Can the vast majority afford a $10,000 dress? (Or even a $1,000 dress?) No. But a girl can dream. And sometimes design—whether it’s a dress or chair—is about selling the dream. Which is something sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy do really well.
In a collection that was part rhinestone cowboy with embellished and laser cut leather and part fairytale bride, the Mulleavys gave couture-like attention to their cream, white, gold and black lineup of frothy lace gowns, blouses and leather jackets and safety-pin pants.
Girls walked amongst flower-strewn neon light tubes, an urban forest for Rodartesprites. The sequins, beads and metallic laces captured light and shadow in one-shoulder glitter gowns and lacy separates with pouffy sleeves that toed the line between gothic glamour and “Falcon’s Crest.”
Prairie floral and ruffle dresses were gentle and pretty but could be punked up with black leather boots and piles of mismatched metallic bangles. And bold earrings and necklaces that felt like something pulled from elaborate costumes, while sequined and net barrettes pulled back models’ hair.
Both black and white intricately detailed lace gowns in the finale felt bridal (to each her own, right?), while embroidered, lace-edged hearts fronted sheer dresses. Romantic, ethereal, oddball pretty. So if dreams could be converted into skews, spreadsheets and budgets, then the Mulleavys must be in the black.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US