New York: The Mulleavy sisters looked to the northern region of their home state of California for this season’s surprisingly wearable Rodarte collection. Wood grain prints referenced the towering redwoods, and flannel plaid motifs on lightweight linen-cotton blends were a slightly ironic yet sophisticated take on the traditional lumberjack favorite. Geometric motifs appeared for textural fabrics used for tops, pants and skirts, as well as cummerbund-peplum hybrids that made for an elegant hourglass silhouette. A blue and white print evoked pieces of china. The piecing and print mixing for which the sisters are known returned but in a more regimented way than in the past: many looks were composed of a wrapped skirt piece, a waist-cinching middle section and a top with shoulder cutouts – all made from different prints and textures, rather than the piecemeal irregular collaging of last season. The most notable change, however, was the introduction of straightforward, tailored pieces like high-waisted trousers and full shorts. Has Rodarte gone commercial? But more importantly, will the pieces be less than astronomically expensive? Followers of the label will be waiting on pins and needles to find out.

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