On Tuesday evening, Rodarte held its first-ever West Coast runway show at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, Calif. to present its Fall 2019 collection in an on-brand, floral-themed setting. Designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy packed the venue with celebrity guests, where they debuted a slew of beautiful gowns in a variety of prints, textures and floral adornments — in other words, their label's signatures.
According to the duo, the collection was inspired by "musicals throughout the decades," spanning from the 1930s through the 1970s. One aspect of the showmanship and grandiosity that went into it was the beauty look, which — not entirely unlike the label's Spring 2019 show — featured stunning floral headpieces that coordinated with the clothing.
Hairstylist Odile Gilbert (who has crafted the look at Rodarte for many seasons) once again incorporated the over-the-top accessories seamlessly into the unique hairstyles for each model. Most of the looks included long, billowing curls that were more voluminous and '70s-inspired than the undone beachy waves we've become so used to seeing.
"This look encapsulates the old Hollywood sophistication of full-bodied, textured waves with a nod to the '70s — think Jerry Hall's signature flowing hair — paired with beautiful composure and elegance using delicate ornaments strung through," said Gilbert of the look. Anthuriums (fashion's favorite flower), orchids and even butterflies made appearances as hair accessories; some models wore large garden-party-style hats and others simply wore rhinestone barrettes which were much subtler by comparison. Branded "Rodarte" hair accessories were incorporated into many of the models' styles — accompanying the floral headpieces in some cases and standing alone in others. (Yes, hair accessories are apparently still going strong for Fall 2019).
To get all those curls, Gilbert relied largely on the Sultra Bombshell 3/4" Clipless Curling Rod and the brand's Dry Texture Spray, which will be launching in the spring (Sultra was one of the beauty sponsors for the show).
The show's makeup, helmed by James Kaliardos for Nars, also included several unique looks for each model. "The makeup for this show was inspired by the vibrant glitter from classic Hollywood musicals," he said of the look.
In some cases, that meant bright-red, burgundy or bubblegum-pink, glitter-covered lips and eyes that coordinated with the floral headpieces. Kaliardos relied on loose glitter, as well as Nars Audacious Lipstick and Powermatte Lip Pigment (both of which he painted onto models' lips and eyelids) to create the monochromatic effect.
For other models, the look was more subdued, with a natural, no-makeup makeup effect and muted tones, Like Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm and Fireclay Mosaic Blush, to complement the cream-colored hair accessories.
Nail artist Steph Stone (for Morgan Taylor) created a variety of looks for the show, which also color-coordinated with the models' hair and makeup. Some models wore fire engine red on short, rounded nails, while others received coats of shell pink. Because Rodarte never skimps on details, the nail look also included tiny faux-pearl appliqués, which were stuck beneath models' nail beds for an added bit of charm.
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