Monday Muse: Rodarte’s Geek Chic, Sci-Fi Fall 2014
During most fashion shows, the final few looks mark each designers take on after-dark dressing. Evening wear, cocktail dresses, sometimes even a wedding dress or two. Its the last look the audience sees and the last thing on everyones mind when they leave a show. For the designing sisters of Rodarte, they gave a finale that didnt just stay in the mind of editors after the show, it permeated the rest of fashion week and gave editors some real food for thought. The reason? Lets just say the last few looks featured a sci-fi fantasia. There were prints pulled right from Star Wars and at that very moment, the intersection of geek and chic came together in a way that Google Glass can only dream of.
And while those stunning Star Wars dresses arent necessarily wearable tech, they did bring into question the principles of wearable tech. Is it really necessary when the world of fashion can be awestruck by something like a draped evening gown thats emblazoned with R2-D2 and C-3PO?
Well leave that to team of folks at Google, Samsung and Apple, who are undoubtedly working around the clock on products that will have the general public walk the streets looking like C-3PO lite, but according to Mulleavy sisters, the intersection of tech and fashion goes only as far as those prints.
The result was a lush collection that spanned everything from granny-leaning crocheted smocks and glittery anoraks that gave a virtual wink to the cold that blasted the country for most of the winter (in L.A., it was mild to say the least) to those show stopping Star Wars gowns. Just like geek chic shouldnt really work but manages to have its own sense of charm, the collection’s mixed media pieces (fur with sparkle and knit — all in one piece) and patchwork velvet gowns with lush Medieval and Florentine embroidery dont seem right on paper, but when they walked down the runway, you couldnt help but smile.
Fun, fashion and futurism? Its all here and best of all, it doesnt take itself too seriously.
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