Kate and Laura Mulleavy are film fanatics. It makes sense too when you consider their Pasadena upbringing. In their past collections, they’ve had references that swing from Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic, to the film Harold and Maude. Rodarte has done tough and they’ve done sweet but this may be the first time they’ve attempted sexy. If there is a movie that might capture this type of sexy it may be 1992’s Poison Ivy, which stars Drew Barrymore as a pre-teen homewrecker. The collection had as many 1990’s references as Beacon’s Closet bin might have: tie-dye, pearls, creepers, sheer and rose applique. Of course it’s Rodarte so those references were merely a starting point.
The most striking styling choice were the body suits that exposed skin near the hip bones and were layered under saggy, skater-like pants. There were no bandage dresses-this was bad girl sexy after all- but there was certainly more exposed skin than we typically see on the Rodarte runways. These bad girls had dangerous barbed wire jewelry piled on, slept-in smokey eyes, and tousled hair. The show opened with Nadja Bender in all black and of course, Chloe Norgaard, who had a Rodarte exclusive, was the perfect cast with her ombre highlighter hair. Several other notable girls walked including Rodarte favorite Lindsey Wixson, Liu Wen, Jourdan Dunn and Tilda Lindstam. Plus Sigrid Agren, Aline Weber and Kasia Struss. Despite the ’90’s being the most obvious reference in fashion over the past few years, this show was a surprise and is one people will be digesting for the next few months.