Rodarte Spring Summer 2012
As soon as i saw this collection i went into complete and utter shock mode for a couple of reasons:
1- the fact that in my textiles work i have used Van Gogh and Rodarte to influence me through my developmental work, so the fact that they created a collection on it is mind blowing!
2- The overall beauty of the collection
The collection was obviously inspired by the great post impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It was a real statement, and to use an artist who has been so influential and huge was a big risk that the Mulleavy sisters decided to take, and my goodness did it pay off!
The sisters looked closely at the way Van Gogh used brushstrokes and his colour combinations, they were dramatic, full of movement and very very intensifying. They interpreted this into their designs with the use of creasing fabrics and fabrics which danced as the models walked, this referenced strongly to the motion in Van Gogh’s work.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy also focused mainly on 2 of the most iconic paintings- ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’. It was an extremely interesting choice and i am so happy that they looked at those 2 paintings in depth, Sunflowers was very light, refreshing and classic, whereas Starry Night is much more dark and mysterious, but still not sinister.
There was also lots of traditional Rodarte components to the collection, such as sharp, structural shoulders, angular cut outs and feminine silhouettes. Speaking of Silhouettes, one thing i have noticed about Rodarte is that they are not afraid to play with silhouettes and create garments which are very unconventional, the silhouettes are something that would be seen many years ago where the idea of perfection was a more voluptuous, curvy woman. The sisters layer up and manage to create a sense of drama with there silhouettes which is something that you don’t see from many other designer, (the only other which springs to mind is Alexander McQueen).
Photos taken from Style.com