Rodarte Fall Winter 2013

This is another confusing Rodarte show, with a mix of design ideas that leaves the viewer wondering “what the hell is going on?” I am not a fan of Rodarte, as I find their collections to be incredibly overrated, rarely pretty, and totally overpriced. A few years back I did a comparison of the price of Rodarte with a few other brands (read it here, it is quite shocking), and today I checked Net A Porter, only to find that they were no longer carrying the brand. I’m not surprised, as this brand doesn’t make sense and the clothes don’t look good.

I love…

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when Rodarte does drapy, dramatic, and a bit evil.

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the bodice on this pantsuit. The drape, straps, and appliqué look so beautiful, but why does this have to be a cropped pantsuit?

I loathe…

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horrible pants (or are they shorts) and wearing a super high cut bodysuit with low cut pants. Not a good look.

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incredibly tacky knits. Rodarte seem to specialize in this.

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a full length tie dye dress with some kind of weird space-age collar.

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everything bad about the eighties, combined into one outfit.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Jill

    I’m so with you, I do not understand why they are still in business, I see their clothes and feel depressed (although I agree that first look you featured is good). Glad to hear Natalie Massenet has come to her senses and dropped them from Net-a-porter.

  • Dimitar

    Gosh, I want to like them so badly.. but I can’t :D
    I love their idea of creating this uber-expensive and private label, but why are the clothes so crappy and tasteless? I don’t get it. Yes, I know it’s somehow a trend to be dressed tasteless (all those crazy English bloggers like Susie Bubble), but still.. :(
    otherwise, I love their approach and I love their handwork as well. It’s just that they need to polish their clothing.. and it might work…

  • http://twitter.com/Ines_Cruz Inés Cruz

    I feel their clothes are more for the theater and so than to wear with both their prices and their confusing patterns or overlayered looks. Sometimes I really like what they do because it looks arty and very well crafted, but runways like this make me think they’re to arty for their own good (and profit)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I know what you mean about wanting to love them them, but it’s impossible.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Too arty can sometimes work, when it is arty beautiful, but this is just arty ugly.

  • Nat

    Rodarte is always a hit or miss with me. This was a miss.