Rodarte Fall 2011: Cornsilk and Prairie Girls

This season, there have been quite a few designers inspired by the prairie look of the 1970s. At Rodarte, the Mulleavy sisters skipped over Gunne Sax and went straight to the source, creating a modern Little House on the Prairie wardrobe that would make romantic fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder swoon. We know we did. Building on last season's old-timey collection, the designers took their abstract idea of patchwork in a more literal direction, with cut-out calico triangle tops paired with classic circle skirts.
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This season, there have been quite a few designers inspired by the prairie look of the 1970s. At Rodarte, the Mulleavy sisters skipped over Gunne Sax and went straight to the source, creating a modern Little House on the Prairie wardrobe that would make romantic fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder swoon. We know we did. Building on last season's old-timey collection, the designers took their abstract idea of patchwork in a more literal direction, with cut-out calico triangle tops paired with classic circle skirts.
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This season, there have been quite a few designers inspired by the prairie look of the 1970s. At Rodarte, the Mulleavy sisters skipped over Gunne Sax and went straight to the source, creating a modern Little House on the Prairie wardrobe that would make romantic fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder swoon.

We know we did. Building on last season's old-timey collection, the designers took their abstract idea of patchwork in a more literal direction, with cut-out calico triangle tops paired with classic circle skirts. A princess gown of crinkled silk with loads of Swarovski crystals was most reminiscent of their signature dresses, and the two lipstick red frocks at the end--worn by stars Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson--served as show stoppers. But our favorite looks had to be the the Amish quilt motif sweaters, especially the white, fawn, and taupe version paired with brown wool high-waisted pants. There were plenty of looks in this collection for day, which is when, for us, Rodarte is at its most exciting.

And more good news: Plenty of the pieces in the duo's capsule for Opening Ceremony fit well with the ready-to-wear. Which means even if you can't afford Rodarte Rodarte just yet, there's finally a real chance to capture their aesthetic.

**All photos: IMAXTREE