Rodarte stepped onto the New York Fashion Week runway on Feb. 16 with a whimsical fall collection.
The show was at 548 W 22nd St., New York City, in a Chelsea gallery space. The set, designed by Bureau Betak, was decorated with neon red, purple and blue lights and roses lined both sides of the runway.
The founders of Rodarte, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, told The Associated Press they were inspired by The Godfather and a recent trip to San Francisco.
“We just had this idea that it would be interesting to do a collection inspired by that film, and at the same time about my experience of San Francisco, references like art nouveau, old posters from film noir, things like that,” said Kate.
The designs stuck to black, red and white colors and featured lots of lace, embroidery and different fabrics. Rodarte is known for having many references to nature in their collections. The designer sisters included this with big fur jackets, embroidered butterflies and flower jewelry. Models even had flowers braided into their hair.
“We’re trying to create a don’t-mess-with-me-look, a kind of I’ll-kick-your-ass look,” makeup artist James Kaliardos told Harpers Bazaar. Dark lips and strong brows helped Rodarte achieve this goal.
The collection was all around perfection but 10 looks stood out above the rest.