This season, Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy created an aquatic fantasy world with an extraordinary collection inspired by childhood visits to the Monterey tide pools. For Rodarte SS 2015, the designers returned to the kind of otherworldly beauty and ethereal dressing that they became famous for when they were discovered in 2005.
The show began with models dressed as modern-day Pirates in ruffled chiffon blouses with thigh-high lace up boots over skinny jeans. These striking ensembles were finished with low-slung belts in the shape of giant hooks. They were imaginative yet still commercially viable. There were also scarves layered with clever decorations such as Rodarte branded bottle caps and soda can pull-tabs – items you would find in the sand. Next came mesmerizing mermaid’s dresses fashioned from fishermen’s netting and fluttering strips of chiffon. Each gown was intricately embellished with hand painted lace and opalescent beading. One of them looked like a tangled web of black netting and shimmering green seaweed. The combination was effortlessly beautiful and slightly punk. The punkiness further accentuated by the models “makeup” (small silver hoops placed along their eyebrows as if they each had been pierced six times).
In addition to the amazing open-work gladiator footwear, accessories included limited edition cat-eye sunglasses (an exciting collaboration with Oliver Peoples) that will hit the eyewear brand’s retail stores in Los Angeles and New York this week. These beauties will retail for $425 and are available in five colorways, including black with an iridescent ivory shell (shown above).
It is interesting to note just how far the design duo took their underwater theme. The stunning set was brightened with real Swarovksi crystals that had been strewn about the runway. The reflective effect suggested seashells glinting on the bottom of the ocean floor. The Rodarte sisters are sure to capture the hearts of free-spirited fashion lovers with this whimsical collection. It just doesn’t get much prettier than this.
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