04 November 2009

the dark crystal and dolly dearest

Rodarte has been a name on the tip of my tongue lately. Since sisters Kate and Laura Mullaevy's line won the 2009 CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of the Year,  interest and demand for the line has most certainly escalated.  To own a Rodarte piece is like owning a piece of art: for the time, skill, hand craftsmanship, and heart that goes into each garment is evident by a single glance. Each piece is magical.

The girls always seem to do it right. Details like the sharpie-drawn body art in their most recent Spring 2010 collection was an amazing innovative complementary touch. The color palettes and mixture of colors within their pieces always seem to resonate a really edgy and beautiful feel. The materials of choice used to weave their signature knits provides a depth and individuality that makes each piece so special. Their introduction of dolls outfitted in garments inspired by prior collections (see above - available at Colette Paris) was genius.

Most recently, their jewelry collaboration with Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin sparked my interest. We received the pieces at Opening Ceremony just a few weeks ago. The settings are all made in Walsh's and Chin's studio in Paris, and the glass used in the pieces is in fact glass from the 1930's. The cuff bracelet reminds me of a terrarium... there is definitely a raw earthy feel to these pieces.

available at Opening Ceremony

Upon research, I found Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin's own line to be extremely solid. Being that my own interest in the industry lies mainly in jewelry design and fabrication, I am intrigued by designers that find new methods to make or present their work. This duo's innovation is wonderful. 

available at Colette Paris

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