The Mulleavy sisters like to play with contrasts, and for Rodarte FW19 their creativity felt even more amplified.
On the surface, like most of their past shows, the collections always carry a sense of magical romance the borders on innocence and sensuality. The clash of hard and soft, pastels and bold hues, petite detailing and maxi exaggeration.
Staged in San Marino, Southern California, the show had to be moved from the gardens of Huntington Library to the nearby flower-walled pavilion due to rain, but it was still a mesmerizing setting.
Inspired by icons of Hollywood musicals – think Ginger Rodgers, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland – there was plenty of femininity shown from delicate fans of lace, airy tulle, cute bows, embellished hearts and flowers and butterflies decorating curly hair.
That nostalgia was then met with Seventies vibrancy showcased through bold shoulders, voluminous ruffles, impactful colour palette, daring leather, super high heels and striking glittery makeup.
Reviewing at the collection as a whole, you may wonder where these clothes can go apart from the red carpet, but look at it one more time and you can see that these pieces are made for those who want to feel bravely pretty and make a statement.