Rodarte; What’s Going On?

Its as obvious as a slap in the face that this collection was inspired by the sea. From the crystal-encrusted runway, gleaming like water, to the mermaid-style dresses which closed the show, Kate and Laure Mulleavy were taking it back to the tide pools they frequented as children.

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“We wanted to re-create the texture of those underwater tide pools,” Kate explained, “to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity.”

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This also meant taking us back to the poetic madness for which the Mulleavy sisters were first known, the crafted, yet slightly crazy, couture-like pieces and delicate, dazzling materials. Chiffon panels fluttered like seaweed clinging to a glistening rock, sequins sparkled like sunlight on the surface of the ocean; models floated along the runway like survivors of some underwater kingdom, covered in romantic embellishments, ruffles and tulle.

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But that’s not to forget the slightly more pragmatic side to the collection; tight jeans, ruffled blouses and canvas jackets, covered in pieces of fisherman’s nets, wouldn’t look overly out of place on a high street.

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But, of course, its in those real slices of imagination that the Mulleavy sister’s charm really lies. “We had this idea of a girl on a pier,” Kate explained, dreamily, and it is from such dreams that the most beautiful, spellbinding works of art are born.

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