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Rodarte delivers dreamy prairie-girl rock chic

Rodarte delivers dreamy prairie-girl rock chic

Rodarte showed a dreamy gathering of ethereal beauties in tiered buttercup laces and rodeo leathers for their latest line.

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy didn't stray too far from their trademark feminine sweetness, gothic vibes, and multi-texture frocks in their New York Fashion Week show on Tuesday (13Sep16).

For spring 2017, the sisters channelled the prairie, toughening it up with rock and roll style leathers.

They also mixed gossamer weight cream and gold lace dresses with heavily studded accessories, and offered up Elvis Presley-style fringed leather jackets, matching trousers, studded leather dresses, punky safety pin-trimmed trousers and oversized shearling coats.

Standout pieces in the collection included romantic ruffled high-necked cropped blouses and matching honeycomb skirts in white, nude and black; and the standout finale "pollen" gowns, with each featuring a large heart on the bodice.

It's a youthful collection evoking memories of little girls playing dress up, aided by the creative use of accessories.

Hairstylist Odile Gilbert and her team created the barrette (hair slide) floral fabric accessories using material left over from the dresses in the collection.

"We wanted it to look like 2016, going into 2017. It's just pretty. It's Rodarte," smiled Gilbert to Fashionista, of the accessories. "We put the barrettes everywhere, in a very unexpected way," she added in a backstage interview. "We wanted (the placement) to look like a kid did it."

The sisters were inspired by 1973 Spanish film Spirit of The Beehive which centres around two little girls who wander around their Castilian village in search of a monster they saw in a movie.

The vast majority of the looks stuck to a monochrome palette, but there were flashes of colour. For instance, hand-beaded chiffon dresses came in shades of pink, purple, and yellow, while an embellished dress in fuchsia chiffon with a red sequin skirt provided some drama.

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