Rodarte’s romantic spring collection signals that the fashion house has comfortably found its footing in Paris.
On Sunday, the brand’s designers and sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, made their highly-anticipated Paris debut in the Cloître Port Royal gardens—their first collection since announcing “a resetting” from New York’s ready-to-wear circuit to Paris’s style scene.
“I think we had started to feel like we were part of a system that doesn’t represent creativity anymore,” Laura said in an interview with The New York Times about their decision to make the move across the Atlantic. “This was a chance to make it feel new again. It feels like win-win.”
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Kate agreed, citing the Parisian attitude of finding art in fashion as a major incentive: “Ultimately a process should fuel creativity, not hamper it. And that’s another reason why we have come to Paris. France treats fashion as art; it just isn’t like that in America. Just spending time in this city, being part of it, is a reminder that enjoying new experiences fuels your best ideas and designs. Your imagination can totally come alive.”
And the sisters did not disappoint, as they dreamt up a whimsical collection that stayed true to Rodarte’s core with the brand’s trademark silhouettes, fun prints, and subtle hints of edge found throughout the fanciful designs.
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While blush palettes and an abundance of ruffles reigned supreme, the Mulleavys also showcased a few crimson looks, as well as some tougher designs with studded leather jackets and low-rise pants—all while showing us that a crown of baby’s breath is the romantic accessory we never knew we needed.