NYFW: Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2011

As the Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2011 show got underway at New York Fashion Week, Twitter immediately lit up with compliments of the “prairie girls” which were strutting down the runway. The sister duo behind the label, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have taken their inspiration from the dusty plains of the US. Kate commented: "We couldn't go to Nebraska and Kansas and not do a Wizard of Oz reference."

With delicately woven 40’s style full-spanning skirts, crochet dresses and stiff collars, the collection used a blend of oatmeal shades mixed in with light lemons and darker mahogany to give an earthy look, but the subtle patterns and use of triangular shapes lifted the idea of ‘prairie girl’ away from the Wizard of Oz connotations and resuscitated it with a clear-cut edge.

As with their last collection, this one saw the design duo play with a mix of unique silhouettes - some worked and others didn’t, but all could at least be noted as original. Rodarte has shifted pace and style so quickly, you’d hardly link their designs from just a few seasons ago to their current work. It’s progressively more user-friendly while at the same time, it has grown to encompass a myriad of new branches which will ensure that their label will continue to flourish, if not whirlwind in to something even more unrecognisable yet equally as enthralling.


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