Rodarte Spring Summer 2014

I’ve always complained that I don’t understand what the heck Rodarte is supposed to be about, and this show confirms it. I do know that their dresses are super expensive, so I don’t quite understand why their collection looks like it is for a tacky rocker girl who dates guys who wear leopard print leggings. Either the Rodarte girls are trying to get a consultancy job at Versace, or they just generally suck.

I love…

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the interesting lines on this beautiful dress.


I loathe…

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fringe, biker jacket detailing, and a backwards baseball cap? At Rodarte?

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bad Cavalli.

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big shouldered blazers and teeny hot pants (or large knickers – that describes them better.) This is dumb.

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when grunge homeys get onto the Rodarte catwalk.

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an absurd number of bralettes in this collection and the fact that this show looks like the wardrobe of a rock chic – that one that is kind of embarrassing because her outfits are so tacky – who never spends more than $100 on an item of clothing.

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cheap prom dresses.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Rajan Sami

    A lot of this looks more like bad styling / layering than actual design. Also, the shoddy workmanship on the first and last garments leave a lot to be desired from a supposed American demi-couture brand.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Bad styling of cheap clothes from crappy rock shops ;-)

  • Michelle

    This was so horrible! I just kept thinking of the Flinstones. Things can be made well, and still make no sense and be unwearable.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Haha – The rock’n’roll Flinstones!

  • Paulette

    ugh, this is a total train wreck of a show. I read another commentator saying “you had to be at the show to appreciate the clothes.” Really? REALLY?

    I wonder if this is the Hedi Slimane @ YSL effect, street trashy clothes at couture prices. Thanks Hedi for the influence you are having on fashion….

    Feh.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Everything looks better at a show because there’s the music, the gorgeous models, and the exciting atmosphere. But the fact is, that’s
    not normally the environment we wear the clothes, and unless you are frequenting The Rainbow and rock concerts, this collection is useless. (On that note, I frequent rock concerts and I wouldn’t be caught dead in this crap – so it’s a niche rock product – which is stupid.)

  • Sienna

    Sometimes I see photos of fashion shows like this and ask myself:
    A) Is there actually a wearable version of these in the stores?
    B) Which of the women who can actually afford these clothes (middle aged plus, not normally women in their twenties who they are designed for) would be caught dead in this crap?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    My answers:

    A) With most big brands, there ARE wearable versions in the shops, but with smaller companies like Rodarte, there aren’t that many. But I am sure there are a few commercialized pieces for a rocker girl who isn’t super trashy.
    B) None. Hence why Rodarte makes costumes and Opening Ceremony collabs to keep afloat.

  • Lena

    This collection made me want to cry / laugh hysterically.
    What a trainwreck!!!
    I know you’ve never liked Rodarte very much…I must admit I used to LOVE Rodarte. I liked their crochet collections, and the one inspired in Australia, I found them so dreamy. Unaffordable, but nice to look at.
    I can’t believe the same people who designed those collections back in 2008 /2009 are showing this crap right now.
    Everything looks so cheap, so unflattering, and nothing makes sense. Argghhh!
    I can’t even look back to the pictures, seriously.
    Have you read the critics? They have been panned by almost everyone, with good reason. This is just too much.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’ve never liked Rodarte but I will agree their early stuff as interesting. This is just gross crap. And no, I haven’t read the critics, maybe I should. I was scared they’d love it! No one says anything bad about anyone these days!