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