Baby’s-breath – small white and pink bud flowers – used to either decorate the crowns of five-year-old flower girls or serve as a filler flower for bouquets, were on hand by the bunches at yesterday’s Rodarte show. The Californian designers, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, chose the blooms as a symbol of ephemeral youth. Like all youth movements, a dose of rebellion is required so as to avoid a sugar rush (highly possible, in this case, if you count the plethora of bows and flowers).
In that vein, while the Mulleavy sisters dotted the halls of a Parisian cloister with models in polka-dot chiffon dresses, the key takeaway pieces here were the hell-for-leather looks. In poppy red, black, and white, pants were low-slung, boyfriend, and decorated with silver hardware and embossed graphic motifs. They cropped right at the ankle to showcase pointy racer booties that made for a solid street offering.
A highlight: a white leather dress with undulating bunching around the yoke made for a sculptural alternative to a tiered ruffle gown. The finale featured all the models interspersed throughout the internal courtyard so that guests – among them actors Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst – could get a closer look. The baby’s-breath drew everyone in, and for a minute, while admiring the red carpet-worthy dresses, one almost forgot that this was in fact a Spring 2018 ready-to-wear show and not couture, on offer thanks to the Chambre Syndicale’s invitation.
Perhaps a fashion crossover is in the Mulleavy sisters’ future. The City of Light seems to serve them well.