The world of Rodarte this season was like walking into a world of fantasy. The collection was largely inspired by the 1973 Spanish film, ‘Spirit of the Beehive’. Yet, the references were rendered subtly throughout, showing in the soft honey like shades of the tulle, intricate embroidery akin to pollen that adorned layered swathes of chantilly lace, fabric comparable to that of honeycomb, beehive like bodices and the collections strong emphasis on florals.
Contrasting such overly ethereal pieces were black and white grommeted leather seperates, stud embellishing, fringe jackets, Mongolian furs and safety-pinned seams – thus creating a juxtaposed disposition of soft and pretty with that of tough and strong.
However, for me it was the jewellery that took centre stage. DID YOU SEE THE JEWELLERY???
Magical pieces that whilst certainly a statement, retained their elegance (something that doesn’t always go hand in hand)
True to the collections aesthetic the jewellery was delicate yet powerful.
A pair of oversized bumblebee ear cuffs that then transforming into a chandelier-esque earring draped down past the collar bone (the piece that for me stole the show), connected from ear to ear by a ornamented chain – mesmerising.
Oversized floral rings, created from honey hued stones were teamed with large resting bees that perched delicately on the flower as if to collect pollen.
Bracelets contrasting in metal and material were stacked bracelet upon bracelet leading their way up the arm in the form of cuffs, bangles, busy elasticated chains and leather buckled straps, once again balancing out the more feminine attributes with that of a more powerful approach. In terms of a fantastical world we can perhaps see this contrast as one of light and dark.
For the final touches, softening the look of such maximal facial accessories the models sported gold gilded nails and romantic loose flowing waves, enchanted with hand made barrettes created from the left over pieces of tulle, lace with floral applique and sequin swatches used throughout the collection. Utterly magical
What do you think of joined double ear cuffs?
Is it a little too much?
Perhaps a little reminiscent of eyewear chains as one of my friends noted.
Either way, I’m dying to try this piece come Spring. I love the idea of experimenting with my jewellery, wearing something a little out of the ordinary.
See the entire collection here
Sources: Voguerunway.com, Vogue.com photos by Kevin Tachman, Harper’s Bazzar Australia Instagram, CR Fashion book photos by Shawn Bracknell, Rodarte Instagram photos by Vanina.