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The best part about Rodarte is the madcap visions that its designers, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, weave throughout their collections. For Spring 2015, the starting point was the behaviors of tidal pools, which rippled out into an overall aquatic theme. Sheer ruffled blouses tucked in belted skinny jeans and thigh-high lace-up boots read outlaw-on-the-open seas, buccaneer-cool. The utilitarian barn jackets treated with netting and sequins; juxtaposition of ruffled knits; sinuous, kelp-like embroidery; and asymmetrical featherweight, netlike skirts that swathed the body and seemed to float in mid-air, were more ethereal mermaid caught in flotsam and jetsam. The last three looks—dreamy, multi-textured gowns in black, cobalt, silver, cool champagne, and airy, icy aqua, and layered with netting, Swarovski crystals, and floral embellishments—summed up the collection aptly. They were strong, delicate, and charged with fantasy.
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