Runway Report: Rodarte

There is something always overwhelmingly, eerily feminine about Rodarte. As we watched the "beautiful android" models walk through torn down walls, we witnessed yet again, another breakthrough of what we can expect from contemporary women's fashion. Rodarte show's inspired by "earthworks"—think the textures of land art projects by Robert Smithson, and kaleidoscopic blues, blacks, and oranges palette inspired by Olafur Eliasson translucent installations. Back on the body, the palette almost recalled bruises, which followed the nude-colored set. There seemed to be a hint of the beauty in modern survival, whether in land, space, or our imaginations, as seen with many of the Japanese horror inspirations from last season still extending (tattered knits, etc.), though the collection did introduce more "wearable" jackets and pants. And if you were wondering what kind of shoes were fit for such a scene, the Nicholas Kirkwoodcollaboration this time around traded in the spikes for electrical wire. Kim Gordon told us she favored the leggings, and Joanna Newsom sweetly said she liked how painterly the pieces were in color in shape. "If you saw them from a hundred feet away, they would look like a brushstroke." And we shared the same fond impression.
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