May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: In an interview about his Pre-Fall collection, Robert Rodriguez revealed a somewhat surprising inspiration behind the offering – a stack of black shopping bags. Rodriguez told reporters that he noticed the bags while sitting in his studio one day and began cutting into them, creating a range of geometric shapes. The shapes he created were represented with color blocking, while crisp cotton and bonded suitings referenced the stiff paper of the shopping bags. Flounces, gathering, and filmy silks provided a more feminine counter balance, while cutouts, slick leather, grommets, and an abstract camouflage pattern added an edgy element. Speaking of edgy, the designer presented a range of motorcycle jackets this season, many featuring piecing and/or color blocking. Pants were slouchy and tapered, while dresses were form-fitting, giving Rodriguez’s client plenty of silhouette options. Shopping came up again when the designer spoke of his intentions for the clothes. He said that he hoped girls would snap them up at the stores. With so many wearable, contemporary options, they surely will.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Hourglass / Slouchy / Dropped waist / Tapered / A-line
Color: Black / Nude / Ivory / Olive / French blue / Emerald
Key Items: Color blocked neoprene dress / Boxy silk tops / Taper pants / Motorcycle jackets / Dropped flounce skirts
Materials: Neoprene / Filmy silks / Chiffon / Matte wool suitings / Slick leather / Bonded suitings / Tweed / Crisp cotton
Print + Pattern: Distressed camouflage
Details + Trim: Shirttail hemlines / Grommets / Color blocking / Zippers / Gathering / Dropped flounces / Peplums / Cutouts / Notched necklines
Accessories + Footwear: Beaded bracelets / D-ring fabric belt / Wide leather belts / Skinny leather belts / Platform booties
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