May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Despite the intricate details and luxury fabrics of Rodarte’s S/S 13 show, the presentation as a whole was surprisingly casual (or at least wearable) for such experimental designers. Shiny minidresses crafted from lurex crochet or glimmering brocade would be at home in any late-night club and silk t-shirts and shell tops are restrained enough for daytime. Accessibility did not preclude thematic invention, and the Rodarte sisters seemingly took a trip to the Renaissance fair this season, as the medieval references grew increasingly literal as the presentation progressed. From breastplate fold details and swashbuckling laced leather trousers to abstracted appliqué crests and corset belts, this was a world of modern day warrior princesses.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Fit & flare / A-line / Skinny / Boxy
Color: Black / Aqua / Navy / Cocoa / Champagne / Peach / Emerald / Ice-blue / Gunmetal / Metallic maple / Cobalt / Lemon / Cherry red
Key Items: Turtleneck dresses / Molded t-shirt tops / Lace-up leather pants / Sleeveless shells / Vest dresses / Woven silk tops / Long chiffon skirts
Materials: Brocade / Silk / Sheer chiffon / Cellophane / Leather / Lurex crochet / Sateen
Print + Pattern: Waves / Basketweaving / Silhouette florals / Leaf prints / Abstract crests / Optical illusion cubes
Details + Trim: Piecing / Breastplate flaps / Reflective hologram trim / Quilting / Slits / Beading / Appliqué / Rolled sleeves / Lacing / Tiered pleats / Corseting / Fringe / Chain details
Accessories + Footwear: Ear cuffs / Moon boot sandals / Bib necklaces / Padded buckle sandals / Snakeskin collar necklaces / Corset belts
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