After showing a critically-acclaimed Spring 2013 collection in September (which Style.com called the “most successful lineup of his career”), and debuting his first ever fast fashion collaboration with Kohl’s in November, it was already clear Rodriguez was having a bit of a moment. And last night, at his fall 2013 show, the designer showed no signs of slowing down.
His latest collection was the perfect follow-up to his Spring 2013 showing: Like last season, there were expertly-tailored shirts and pant combos, slinky slip-dresses, and unexpected embellishments on tops and dresses.
Like last season too, the show began with a series of monochromatic looks before giving way to color. This being fall, the palette was more muted but no less exciting for it: Mustards, teals, and dark magentas were simply sublime mixed and matched in unexpected combinations amongst the rest of the monochromatic runway.
Rodriguez’s genius is in the deceptive simplicity of his designs: Everything, from a billowy-top and tailored pleated pant combo, to a color-block slip dress and an embellished shift, felt perfectly effortless, which of course belies the enormous technical skill needed to create such an effect.
It’s an aesthetic that Rodriguez has mastered perhaps better than any other designer working in New York today–and it’s one he brings to his newly founded accessory category, which is only in its second season.
In 2012, Rodriguez tapped Robert J. Wichser, a “Garment District fixer,” known for helping a creative genius get his business act together. One of Wichser’s top priorities, according to the Wall Street Journal, was to make Rodriguez “a major player in shoes and handbags.” We’d say Rodriguez’s sleek, pointy-toe stilettos, and oversized clutches for fall 2013 put the label well on that path.