Select looks from Rodarte's Spring 2011 collection.
For Spring 2011, Rodarte designers and Berkeley grads Kate and Laura Mulleavy dreamt up a collection full of mixed prints, inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California. Redwood trees were translated into wood panel prints in various shades of brown, as well as carved wooden platform sandals and hair clips.
The Mulleavy sisters are known for their artistic designs, which may not always be the most commercial. This season, however, they have proven that artistry and wearability can go hand-in-hand. Lines were simpler and cleaner than before, but their vision still persisted in the quirky mix of prints and textures.
Leaf embroidery, embossed leather, and a chartreuse shirtdress reminiscent of moss transitioned to a middle section full of blue and white Chinese porcelain prints. Apparently having nothing to do with nature, Laura explained to WWD, “We were looking at wood carvings and how they were coupled with porcelain.”
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Seventies-era separates and cutouts were other themes of this collection. The show wrapped up with a gilded finish, perhaps alluding to the California gold rush. It was a fitting way to end a gorgeous show.