Pasadena’s own denizens Laura and Kate Mulleavy came out strong at New York Fashion Week this morning in Rodarte‘s fall 2010 collection, worthy of an ethereal ghost bride with a penchant for neutrals, lace and a touch of pearls.
Still present were their bold textures and patchwork layering, but the muted color palette put a dreamlike haze over the affair. Where before their designs were almost tribal, that quality was overtaken by a spectral, romantic glow.
The Mulleavys have said they were inspired, among other things, by the notion of sleepwalking.
The waxy candelabra pyre was actually the opening video sequence at the show, and in the darkened runway space, its lighting felt ritualistic.
While Rodarte is still fully invested in fantasy, it seems like this collection is their most wearable yet. It’s easy to imagine some bohemian creature wearing the ensembles exactly as they are presented. And, taken as pieces, even more so. For example, the sweater wrap above.
I wasn’t enamored with some of the print picks, but I loved that they hinted at Rodarte’s previously bold color choices. It was as if to say: “You know we can do color. Now look at this.” Elle is already noting this trend across the board at Fashion Week: white, cream, beige and other pale colors everywhere. (And, across the globe, ivory-skinned folks like me shudder and hope for the best.)
The embroidered tights are something to see. (Can I call them tights? They aren’t really that tight.) Here’s a close-up.
This feminine frock is delightful. The sheer, floaty creations look so breezy and comfortable on the runway.
OK, I saved all the snow- and off-white creations for last. When you see them in a series, the garments are really breathtaking.
She goes on for miles and miles in this dreamy silhouette.
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