It started off in the wild and arid Australian outback, and finished on the catwalk as one of the most coherent, covetable and commercially viable collections Rodarte has produced to date.
Kate and Laura Mulleavey were inspired by the history of Australia for their AW12 collection, weaving flickers of its rich past into their dreamy clothes; a prim double breasted prairie jacket here, an evocative aboriginal print there. There was a touch of the modern Australian cool-girl there too, with floor length tiered dresses made from wisps of chiffon, and shrunken cable knits and touches of lace giving a nod to the here and now.
Top of our lists were the shearling jackets with oversize lapels and nipped in waists – perfect for throwing over delicate party dresses. And speaking of party dresses, the leather sheaths that the Mulleavey sisters sent down the catwalk – complete with contrast leather inlay in striking patterns – are sure to be snapped on all the street style blogs come Autumn.
Front row, Natalie Portman and Dakota Fanning were making notes for next season – we’re wondering who’ll pluck up the courage first to wear the shoes: heavily embellished booties with Perspex heels filled with sand. The show may have been a reference to the past, but the heels certainly kicked to the future.