I love reviewing Rodarte collections; their always a fascinating mix of feminine toughness and hyper stylish sheen. Here is my review of their Fall 2015 collection.
As if a leather skirt didn't already exude toughness, look 1's skirt bottom ended in sharp points, with a shiny leather jacket and blue furry collar. If this look was faux, I would totally wear it. 2's pants looked uncomfortably tight, and too much like leggings, which are literally the most unoriginal things in the world. But the jacket was awesome; pretty much the same as 1's, but with an orange collar. I think that color for a collar works very well for a fall collection. The dress of look 3 was one of my favorites; a black dress with a combo of silk and sparkles, the skirt forming the petals of flowers...or some sort of rays...or something. But it looked delightful; unfortunately I can't describe it properly. Sorry to say, but I hated look 5's pants. Their already tight leather pants, and then they need lace cutouts on the side?! No, no, no. It looked cheap and absurd. 6's skirt with leather triangles and tulle looked half done, or as if the skirt was ruffled up and the model forgot to pull it down.
Look 9's top was great as a lacy, sparkly grunge-like piece, slightly casual with a dash of glitz. The shorts were just plain unrealistic. I'd be afraid to bend over with them! 10 was another one of my favorites; a short black lace dress with a lopsided skirt and lines of daisies on one side. I know it makes no sense, but that's what makes it fantastic; its wholly unique and one of a kind (well, one of how many the designer sends to Bergdorf's or Neiman's). Look 11 was even better. It had the same skirt, but the top was black velvet with big orange flowers. Orange is a superb choice for fall florals. 12 *wipes tear bitterly* was hideous. The dark blue collar was way too big, and how on earth do ostrich feathers go with fur and leather?! Also, so many of the looks have been fall friendly, yet this was so ''evil winter queen.'' Look 15's multiple colors everywhere reminded me of an 80's prom dress, but in a long sleeved shirt. A great party look.
I found another favorite in look 20, with its delightful snow white shimmering color, with red, orange, and brown ostriche feathers trailing the air on the side. 28 and 29's pattern combinations were too un-matching, with the clustered flowers and stripes. 30-32's stripes were fun and sparkly, but they weren't original enough for me. 35 would have been wholly delightful if not for the ostriche feathers. They looked dirty and distracted from the gorgeous soft pink and blue shades. The last two looks of this collection, 36 and 37, also suffered from ''way too much.''
This collection produced some of my all-time favorite fall looks, but it also had some disappointing examples of filler, unoriginality, and combos that were mismatched in very bad ways. Totally worth it for fabulous looks like 10 and 20, but not as fabulous as it could have been with talented designers like Kate and Laura Mulleavy.