Rodarte Woman Spring Summer 2017 – A saloon-tinged vision of the Victorian wild west was seen at Rodarte today, where frilled lace bodices met boot-cut slacks lined with safety pins.The Mulleavy sisters drew inspiration from the 1980’s for a frilly, imaginative take on the era’s fascination with antique western styles.

The first look, a cropped bodice and skirt, drifted down from the waist in cascading folds of creamy, polka-dotted material, while delicate flowers and beading covered the hips and bodice. Black sequins sparkled from lace frills, piled softly in mounting layers. A voluminous coat of shearling and shredded lace revealed peaks of studded white leather, marking a transition from lace to leather dresses where studded lines meeting with lace panels. A bright red dress marked the middle of the collection, the fabric shiny with sequins sewn in a floral pattern, and the already puffed shoulders outlined in ruffled tulle for a halo-like effect. Heart-shaped bodices and caped gowns marked the end of the collection, covered in frills, floral lace and beadwork.

Leather heels, from ankle and cowgirl boots to d’orsays completed the looks. Eccentric jewelry gleamed from ears and hands, in one instance in a jeweled chain that hung under the chin, suspended from ear to ear. Bangles lined the models’ bared arms, and chains dangled from rings and earrings alike. Studded belts wrapped twice around waists, and and fringed swung from jackets with every step. Collections from the Mulleavy’s tend run closer to art than pragmatic garments, and this show exhibited a detailed, free-spirited vision of youthful flounce and eccentric garnish.

Rodarte Woman Spring Summer 2017

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Written by Lillie Peterson

Lillie is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in Classics and a lifelong fascination for fashion and art. A freelance writer and artist, her hobbies include photography, design, drawing and blogging.

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