Piggy-backing off Alutuzarra‘s show earlier this week, Rodarte took the stage at New York Fashion Week with their own creations of fringe. As this is a trend I’m excited to see explode, I ferociously clicked through this collection absorbing a very different approach to fringe. Rodarte often brings a new perspective to the table and in this Spring 2014 collection they sent models down the runway in fringed frocks that united the wild wild west and a safari.
I love how empowering these clothes are. Not for the faint at heart (at all), these are stomping designs of ferrell attitude. Animal prints and fringed leather swish down the runway screaming ‘Don’t mess with me.’ And I really love how this look was portrayed as both casual day wear and a more dressy evening look.
Speaking of black-and-white, Rodarte took a stab at it as well in a diverse array of looks that range from urban tom boy to feminine princess.
Though, outside of a select range of feminine styles, this collection has a largely masculine influence, literally from head to toe. Hair was shorter and sleek. Shoes were pointed flats, very similar to ones in your father or boyfriend’s closet. In a fashion week that’s been full of new styles for heels, it was a lot of fun to see these animal skin flats. I also really love one range of this collection that paired jackets and vests with short shorts and large belts.
It’s an effortless cool girl looks that’s both fierce and playful.
Perhaps a bit unusual, Rodarte also took the animalistic theme to scorpions. Black and white dresses draped scorpions across the models.
These are probably my least favorite looks of the collection. In theory I like the idea, but the execution seems a little strange, especially in the top right look. On the left you see the scorpion looking to be wrapping around the body. On the right it’s oddly placed just right in the front. I think this is a really cool idea that they could’ve done better with to be honest.
But as a whole, I think this is a very strong collection and I love that it’s for the modern fearless woman. You can practically see the claws coming out. And, of course, I love the fringe. It’s just so fun and flirty. Plus, I’m a sucker for movement and what’s more fun than the way fringe moves?
What do you think of this collection? It’s certainly original.
Learn more about Rodarte and view previous work on their website.