Fashionlines Online Magazine
Fashion & Trends People & Places Art & Design Beauty & Health Shopping About Us Editor's Note
This Season's Trends
Customize Your Style
Chantal's Secret:
Risks and Rewards of the Birkin Bag
Let the Fur Fly
Family Jewels
LA Finds
Ins and Outs of 2005
Young Parisian Chic
Couture Snowbunny
Haute Couture Fashion Week
São Paulo Fashion Week
In the Bag
Hollywood's Hottest Shoes
The Best RTW of Europe
Looking for Fashion's Spring
LA Finds Spring 05
Hollywood's Hottest Shoes
The Best RTW of Europe
Couture Chameleon
It's Open Season
Crystal Swim Suits and Lingerie
Lacroix to Stay

Featured Designers
Vivienne Westwood
Jenni Kayne
Brasil Anunciação
as four Interview
New West Coast Designers
Elsa Schiaparelli
Louis Verdad
Au Bar with Alber
Fashion Blues
Passing the Torch at Geoffery Beene
The Legend of Winston
LVMH Sells Lacroix Couture
Spring 2005
A Jeweled Passion
Sculpture to Wear
Coco Kliks Interview
Alber Reaches the Summit
Carol Christian Poell
Collette Dinnigan

Runway Report
Haute Couture - Spring '06
São Paulo Fashion Week
Paris Men's Wear - Winter '06
Paris - Spring '06
Milan - Spring '06
NY - Winter '06
LA - Spring'06
London - Spring '06
SF Fashion Week


by Christine Suppes
Editor in Chief

Perhaps the most awaited show of the New York season, Rodarte was held at the Ukrainian Institute of America, an architectural gem on the upper East side. It was a perfect space for Kate and Laura Mulleavy's fluid, supple dresses and gowns, which with each passing season become more ethereal. Having just been to the Haute Couture week in Paris, I can attest that almost every collection this season had perhaps one such lighter than air gown. After all, lighter than air IS the hallmark of couture. But Rodarte brought out dresses, gowns and coats, one after the next, in which the single most salient feature was airlessness. The designers are now utilizing what the call a "sunburst" which is a silk cut out that has been pleated to perfection, cascading down the fronts or backs of the dresses, which were shown in shades of white, ivory, yellow, peach, black and a surprise maroon.

Twisted and knotted silk roses, spilling across a pale yellow pleated gown, shows the direction in which this duo seems to be headed----they say they are inspired by nature, and this season by Greek mythology, and one feels a distant harkening to the past---but only faintly. Rodarte stands for soft, the opposite of stiff, for feminine, the opposite of masculine, for beauty, the opposite of ugly. Front row pros like Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, filmmaker Liz Goldwyn, and Harper's Bazaar contributing editor Tatiana Sorokko all seemed to agree. If you weren't there, you missed the latest collection of America's most important young designers.




Contact Us | Subscribe | Fashionlines Archives | “Jewels By Christine” | Search

© 1998-2006 All rights reserved.