Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Rodarte
A 2020 FANTASYLAND
Rodarte Takes on Casual Culture With Their Signature Sweetness
For the past 15 years, we have come to rely on Rodarte for a heavy dose of saccharine opulence during hectic fashion week schedules, infusing the seriousness of fashion with feminine fantasy and imagination via the endearing minds of sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Season after season we were delighted by layers of tulle and gothic brides and fairyland evocations. So what does Rodarte look like after a pandemic and a quarantine completely shifted the way the world and the fashion industry dresses and views clothing? The answer lies in the sister’s Spring Ready to Wear collection, which came to fruition in the same place Rodarte started so many years ago, their home state of California.
The collection began with a series of ’40s inspired dresses, their daytime casual look preference of late. Ladylike dresses with delicate floral and quilted prints fell below the knee with lace-trimmed collars. The looks were complete with ankle socks under strappy heels, tea gloves, and silk halos of flowers encircling each model’s face. A glimpse of athletic wear made its first appearance as a black and white elastic trim on the hem, neckline, and cuffs of a floral top paired with a matching silk skirt. The casual theme continued with the same striped trim outlining an oversized white sweatshirt dress emblazoned with “J’aime Rodarte” in bold, black lettering, a clear continuation of the commercial success the brand has had with their Radarte sweatshirt line, (not to be confused with its fashion predecessor “J’adore Dior”). Matching silk floral pajama sets intermingled with more easy, breezy day dresses and casual wear by Rodarte standards. Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without a hint of tulle fanfare, which was provided as the closing look. A baby pink, full-skirted dress with a hemline lined in subtle ruffles, the model’s face framed with pink flowers, as a light-as-air pink train danced into the sunset. A sweet and fitting goodnight kiss from Rodarte until we see what next season brings.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky