New York Fashion Week: Rodarte A/W11

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented the latest collection for their label Rodarte on Wednesday, with an eclectic front row.  Kanye West and mini blogger Tavi were there, as well as actress Kirsten Dunst, who has long been a fan of the design duo, wearing their creations on the red carpet.

The show took place in a clinically white gallery, filled with light and neon light sculptures, it had a futuristic feel.  This contrasted with the elegant clothes which proceeded to glide down the runway.

Inspiration came from American Plains, the designers looked at landscapes, prairies and wheat fields at different times of day, using dawn, sunset and stormy weather as colour references.  There was a story being told within the collection, starting off with the dawn of the day with pale cream prairie dresses, referencing historical costume and hand crafts such as macramé and folky embroidery.

The collection had a rustic, collage feel to it, using quilting and patchwork techniques with horsehair, lace and tulle.

The drama built, introducing azure blue and stormy greys, as if the clouds were rolling over the hills.  Long draped gowns in fluid shades then gave way to two dramatic scarlet looks, sequinned and structured, referencing a beautiful red sky at sunset.

When Hilary Alexander caught up with Anna Wintour at the show, Wintour said that Rodarte have the potential to become the next Alexander McQueen or John Galliano, a huge compliment for the designers and the gold stamp of approval from the ice-lady of fashion.

View the Rodarte A/W 11 collection here

By Vanessa Woodgate

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