On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: Modern folk at Rodarte

The latest from the New York runway

Photography by Anthea Simms

Thank my lucky stars I scored a ticket to Rodarte. The Mulleavy sisters never fail to develop an intriguing narrative and to see their handiwork firsthand is a real treat. The collection was inspired by Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, and which is seen in the folky patchwork frocks and knits that look homespun. Things have an endearing sweetness to them without being saccharine; part nostalgic and part modern day. The experience is nearly overwhelming and I’m awestruck as one intricately designed look follows the next. The audience is equally captivated as I check a number of riveted faces around the room.

Similarly thinking of the great outdoors is Diesel Black Gold, although their frontier is distinctly western, in a head-em-up cowgirl sort of way. Distressed leathers and thickly whip-stitched ponchos parade down the runway. Overall the looks are very focused on their theme, but broken up you find city-to-country-chic items like a smart snakeskin blazer or printed silk pants.

See a gallery of looks from Day 6 of New York Fashion Week: Rodarte, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Rad by Rad Hourani