Friday, 6 January 2017

RODARTE ᴸᴼᵛᴱ|ᴸᴼᵛᴱ


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Selah Marley in RODARTE for Oyster Magazine 2017 (Fall | Winter 2016) .

*I fell in love with this collection which brought me to their Spring 2017 genius*

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Bees. Love. RODARTE.


Once pointed out by Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the bee references were as clear as day: The honeycomb-ish layering of lace and dotted tulle; the safety pins lined up along trouser legs, their sheathed pins like so many stingers; the curious, beehive bodice decoration on the show-closing gowns and cocktail frocks. How can you deny the genius in this line.


The most constructive inspiration that bees had on the Mulleavys was indeed the collection’s emphasis on flowers. Alongside the much-used floral embroideries and appliqués, there were flowers and more flowers for Rodarte. So refreshing!

 

There was one standout look in this collection, though, that seemed to take on the flower theme from a truly unexpected direction. Had Laura and Kate Mulleavy been trying to imagine how a rose or a bright-red tulip looks to a honey bee when they designed their skirt and blouse set in sequined, ruby-color lace? The cartoonish pouf to the shoulders, and that halo of tulle along the sleeve—it made you think about a bee laying eyes on a comely flower, because that ensemble looked good enough to eat. Or, pollinate, to be more exact. It was also a different kind of Rodarte look, as fabulist in its way as any of their creations, but stripped down, by their standards. 


I feel the buzz. I love the buzz. I just want to be immersed in the honey that is RODARTE.