Rodarte Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York

Maybe the idea of trying to blend together the costumes of a past her prime Vegas showgirl and an East LA girl gang member sounded good on paper. And honestly if anyone could pull it off it would be Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Designers who have made a name for themselves for the disparate ideas they are able to weave into unforgettable fashion shows.  But that did not happen this season. Yes this show was unforgettable, but for all the wrong reasons.

Maybe things would have turned out better if the sisters had constructed their asymmetrical fringe edged skirts, sequined bra tops, animal print blazers, denim shorts and grid patterned dresses in nobler fabrics then shiny silks and faux leather or laminating them with a serpent motif.

If the clothing missed the mark, there were a few cool accessory elements on the catwalk. The padlock jewelry, the python or leopard print hybrid ankle boots, and the wide low-slung belts will be hot commodities for the house. But a fashion house cannot survive on accessories alone. The sisters need to find their way back onto the kooky creative path that they once knew so well.

The double whammy, of a coarse concept and what looked to be down market fabrics made this collection look kitsch rather than cutting edge. Not even the hip set design by Bureau Betak or the killer feather (or was it tweed) motif that Odile Gilbert painted on the backs of the models hair could elevate this show that got lost on the seedy side of the street.  

- Jessica Michault

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