Five years in to launching their label and after some controversial inspiration last season, Kate and Laura Mulleavy chose their native northern California and its native Redwood forests as the meaning behind this season. To a country soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain and Harry Nilsson's Echoes of my Mind, the sisters centred on sharp, straightforward shapes in cotton checks, layered linen skirts and wood panel prints. Peplum belts and exposed shoulders showed off the female form and, this being Rodarte, we journeyed through China with denim plaid silk tops and ended in a Greco Roman world of gold sequin draping.
It was wonderful and, if the rumours of a LVMH takeover are true, eminently saleable for all involved. Nice move.More