Deconstructing Architecture

New York…Rodarte

The Mulleavy sisters have done it again. Staged at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, their space age-themed F/W 09 collection featured a color palette drawn from stone, metal and wood. “We were interested in the building and taking apart of homes,” Laura explained. “And then an image of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein magically popped into our minds.” The montage of mini-dresses were each a wearable collage of leather, silk chiffons and shaggy knits, keeping with their signature handcrafted look. Their quintessential cobweb-style dresses morphed into wrapped dresses in high shine copper, steal and mercury finishes. Leather bombers looked “like straitjackets” (as described by designer Laura) in pale grey, black and stone, paired with over-the-knee leather stiletto boots by Nicholas Kirkwood.


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  • bianca

    I love how this collection mixes space-age style with ultra feminine cuts. It proves that you can be edgy and still look pretty at the same time. And those over-the-knee stiletto boots are killer!

  • Hanna

    Their inspirations are always so random but interesting. I remember last year, they said they were inspired by a Korean horror movie, thus the red stained dresses. But yeah, I love the organic/earthy/mineral colors of this collection. I also like how they moved their knit direction from S/S 09’s shredded punk to sherpa chic.

  • This collection is one of my favorites thus far. It takes some whole new perspectives on reconstruction of the body with all the wrapping effects. The colors remind me of minerals found in the earth, which I’ve seen a lot of this week.

  • lyndsey

    Ohhh the texture and style combos are great I love it

  • Is anyone else noticing “stained” effects from several designers? It is organic, sometimes rusty, sometimes even looks like it is rotting; Rodarte did it, so did Jeremy Laing, Adam and Lela Rose.