Not everyone loves a sunburnt country, but those who do may just find themselves smitten with the latest collection from Rodarte.
With it’s relatively short history as a nation, Australia rarely gets a look in, internationally, as a source of fashion inspiration. But something in the red dust, the Aboriginal dreamtime, the sweeping deserts and surrounding seas captured the imagination of designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy so much that the great landmass became the basis for their fall 2012 collection. But their well-researched inspirations are far broader than nature and the indigenous population alone, spanning the Colonial and nation-building chapters of Australia’s book of history. And in fact the two perspectives – native and Colonial – were wrapped in together seamlessly through their New York fashion week (NYFW) show.
Peruse Rodarte’s collection and you’ll note the pared-back practicality of the tailored skirt-suits and long coats, the pretty yet unostentatious lace-trimmed dresses and stand-alone lace collars. Look at Australian fashion from the Victorian era onwards and the aesthetic similarities are undeniable. Rodarte’s collection also gives a different spin on the 1920s fashion revival: where most interpretations look to American fashion of the day, and the glamour associated with it, Australian society in the 20s and 30s was different again. The heavier textures and more modest cuts make for a sophisticated and romantically historical take on the trend; the ’30s inspired pieces in particular calling to mind the costuming from Baz Luhrman’s Australia.
The other newsworthy thing about Rodarte’s latest is the wearability of it all. The outback-inspired trouser cuts, the cable-knit sweaters, the shearling collared coats are all far more commercially viable than the sweeping wearable artworks from seasons past. These – along with the aforementioned removable collars – we expect will fly off shelves.
You can see all of the Rodarte autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree