Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Rodarte
Newcomers to Paris Haute Couture week, Rodarte made fashion headlines with their floral collection inspired by the Impressionistic film Three Women. The New York designer brand – run by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy – is known for its arty approach to fashion as part of New York’s ready to wear circuit. Previous collections have been inspired by Japanese horror films and featured burnt and distressed fabrics. For the Mulleavy sisters, the move to couture has rejuvenated their company – ”France treats fashion as art; it just isn’t like that in America. Just spending time in this city, being part of it, is a reminder that enjoying new experiences fuels your best ideas and designs. Your imagination can totally come alive.” ( Kate Mulleavy, instyle.co.uk)
This SS18 couture collection wasn’t just all ruffles and floral frills though- the sisters stayed true to the identity of the brand and added some studded leather trousers and crop tops – bringing a raw edge to a what is predominately a high class week. The collection, which captured the film’s storyline of madness in a Californian town, definitely had a sinister side. The collection has predominantly floral – but the use of flowers literally everywhere gave an overwhelming spectacle.
This collection made the sisters determined to “not just make pretty dresses” ( Laura Mulleavy, guardian.co.uk) and indeed the use of leather, staying true to the Californian theme, intertwined with ruffled tops and flowing skirts ensured that Rodarte bought something new and exciting to the Paris Couture Week.