The designers borrow patterns from their childhood, offering an ode to 70s glam complete with ostrich feathers and Californian poppies
Spangled glam-rock muses waft through an overgrown, crumbled city structure on a journey away from the concrete jungle – headed swiftly back to nature.
Free as a bird:
“The collection is about the idea of migrating birds and leaving the city and going to a more pastoral place. It was more about this feeling we had, someone leaving something behind,” explained Laura Mulleavy. Rodarte’s AW15 offering was inspired by the duo’s nostalgic feelings for a place called home – the Mulleavys lived in a cabin in a redwood forest during the early stages of their childhood. These rural notions were reflected in the ensembles perfectly suited to the great outdoors: tweed-y blazers, fox fur collars and stretched leather trousers, tinged with playful marabou and ostrich feathers, and shimmering crystal skirts which were made to reflect the bright lights of the big city.
A striking orange Californian poppy print, created by the Mulleavy sisters’ mother Victoria, made an appearance on two off-white velvet dresses. “My mum made these paper cuts of poppies in the 60s. It was artwork that has been around since I was little, and I thought ‘Wow, this is perfect, I want to use it in a show.’ So we printed it and it’s really special. She hasn’t seen them yet, she’s so excited!” In tribute, runway maestro Michel Gaubert played one of Kate and Laura’s favourite tracks for the finale – the Bee Gee’s “Run To Me” – the perfect song for the homeward bound.
The soundtrack to Rodarte AW15: