Each season, there is one show anticipated perhaps more than any other (well, besides Proenza!) – and that is Rodarte. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy invest their unconventional, timeless designs with a rare dose of originality and romance that perennially inspires the fashion world and beyond.
So, is it any surprise that Rodarte's collection for AW11 has been the highlight of the week? This season, the Mulleavy sisters took a trip out to the country, sweet and innocent prairie style, by way of 70s Laura Ashley – and it was a journey well-worth taking.
To a country barn-dance soundtrack, warm sun-kissed hues took to the catwalk – yellow, soft ochre, washed-out peach, ivory and cornflower blue made up the optimistic palette, at times broken up by graphic black and white print.
Dainty without being stuffy, dresses and full skirts in antique-feel crochet, cotton and chiffon skirts fell to mid-calf, textures throughout were earthy and featured cosy hand-crafted details including geometric panelling and grandpa knits – adding to the overall lived-in, old-world vibe.
There was a total change of pace as the show neared the end – dramatic crimson gowns hit the catwalk, a particular show-stopper donned by a smiling Karlie Kloss. Rodarte proved again their ability to expertly straddle day and evening wear with a collection of breath-taking day-to-night looks that every girl will be wanting to wear next autumn.