October 14, 2016
Bees! We wouldn’t have guessed, but that was the main inspiration behind Rodarte’s SS17 collection. Atypical, spontaneous yet always keeping it ethereal to the fullest, such is the feminine sensibility of designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy. There was something romantic about the dreamy, capacious cascading lace and dotted tulle, but the Mulleavy sisters still maintained a levelled sense of edginess throughout the collection. Excessive use hardware seemed to do the trick in compensating for the fragile nature of the delicate styles. Layers of wispy lace were met with studs (and lots of it), leather, chokers, and a nostalgic throwback to Rodarte’s punk princess SS16 show – safety pins. It was “ghost of gothic brides past” meets 21st-century rocker chick. Western influences such as fringing, flared trousers and country-styled boots were aplenty; perhaps another evocative homage to Janis Joplin?
The references to our trusty honey harvesting friends were delightfully charming – sequins were manipulated to look like the flutter of tiny wings, lace bore the hexagonal pattern which resembled honeycombs while studs and pins were reminiscent of the sting of a wasp. It then seemed efficacious for the fervent garlanding of flowers and petals, seeing as to how, well, we’re talking about bees. Each set looked divine from head to toe; best leave it to Rodarte for our wedding dress inspirations.
And not only that, you can feast your eyes on the breathtaking styles from the more recent Bridal Fashion Week.
Cover image from @floralsncashmere’s Instagram