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September 20, 2011  | by: Lauren Sweeney

Rodarte S/S '12

A motley collection of celebrities made for an interesting front row last Tuesday, September 13, at Rodarte. Sisterhood may have emerged as a major spring 2012 trend; Beyonce and Solange made the show a family affair, as did Dakota and Elle Fanning. Anna Wintour forsook her new chum, Nicki Minaj, for just one show to sit next to yet another top-40 chart topper, Taylor Swift.

Once the lights went low and the speakers began to blare Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” it didn’t take long for attention to shift off the front row and onto the runway. The collection could easily be considered Rodarte’s most wearable collection thus far, while still retaining the brand’s artsy flare.

Breaking from the shades of orange dominating peer collections, the sisters Mulleavy dipped their proverbial paintbrushes into a palette of citrus yellow, vivid aqua, lime green and stunning shades of lilac and violet to create works of wearable impressionist art.

Rodarte Spring 2012

Van Gough’s “Sunflowers” and “Midnight Sky” were splashed across pieces which demonstrate the sisters’ remarkable understanding of the female form. A bevy of highly structured looks, a few of which were set off by exquisite embroidered appliques or well-placed cutouts, were followed by a few that displayed a remarkable knack for draping.

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