Rodarte: A Progression?

Some have been applauding the artistry of Rodarte while others bemoan their lack of change. I feel that Rodarte is a study in progression. They return to the same themes, palettes and ideas, but continue to move forward. In a world where trends last a week and the need for the newest and latest drives buyers to unnecessary consumption, isn't there something appealing about a fashion house that has a distinctive idea and perspective that they continue to evaluate? Of course, that is in addition to the beauty and creativity each collection features.
I threw together some collages with images from 4 different seasons of Rodarte; from Fall 2008 to the latest collection Spring 2010.


Pics via Style.com

CONVERSATION

35 comments:

  1. I am fascinated by the way the Mulleavy sisters create such drastically different moods, even when their techniques don't change. It's nice to see designers that make you think about the clothes, not just want to buy them.

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  2. I think my favourite is the 2010 spring collection, the tribal tatoos are incredible.

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  3. Well put. I am always most eager to see each season, even if I somewhat know what to expect. Every season delves into new intricacies within their technique. So far they've yet to disappoint.

    One label I think that fails at doing this is Balmain. Decarnin has thrown the same glam trash look at us for the past 4 seasons (including the SS10 that happened today) and I just let out a big, unsatisfied sigh with every one.

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  4. I agree - I think they do progress and evolve each season meanwhile maintaining a strong perspective. I am always a fan of everything the Mulleavy sisters do.

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  5. This season definitely got more tribal and wild. I've always liked Rodarte, but this season especially.

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  6. ooh yes, they are certainly progressing, though i'm not sure if i really like it so much. their first collections were painterly and optimistic, and they've steadily gone darker and darker.

    it's actually more rare to see a truly creative collection that has a light and a sense of optimism, and i was hoping rodarte would be the ones to deliver that.

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  7. Good job - I enjoyed seeing their progression from season to season.You have lovely taste. Seasons do bring about a new fresh perspective on fashion and the world.

    Hugs,

    Bug
    http://inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

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  8. i like rodarte, but i *love* them when they come out with something new. (like the thigh-high boots or tribal tattoos.) i'm just easily bored, i guess...

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  9. Rodarte is my favourite. Their loose, spider-y knits have a permanent place in my heart.

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  10. what a smart post! I'm really glad you did this progression. Rodarte's artistry is to be truly valued. I can't wait to see what they come up with in the Target collection in Dec. I'm excited and a bit worried about the quality. But it finally gives me a chance to perhaps wear a piece of clothing that the Mulleavys designed.

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  11. well said, i like that rodarte stays true to rodarte

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  12. I absolutely love that they've managed to keep such a creative, unique voice while still having a bit of consistency. I cannot wait to see what the celebs like Reese & Emma Watson will do with these dresses, because I love the way Rodarte dresses are worn by the more conservative crowd!

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  13. I'm in awe of Rodarte every season! Their clothes speak volumes about their creativity and imagination! xoxoxxoo

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  14. They say directors keep making the same film over and over, in an attempt to work out some inner issues or ideas or thoughts. Why not designers?

    I think it's interesting that as a consumer, I am attracted again and again to the same style or type of item, forgetting that I'm repeating myself.

    I think re-working ideas is fine.

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  15. very good post- i love that rodarte has a signature look, and i think its awsome the way the manage to reinvent it each season. although i do wish this season would have been a bit more girly!

    xo rachel
    http://rachellovesmangos.blogspot.com/

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  16. interesting idea! i hadn't thought of it that way before. i love rodarte, but i had noticed the similarity over the seasons. i agree with you though.

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  17. AHHHHH!!! i cant believe you featured rodarte! finally! yeah theyre amazing. i really want them to style my first film.

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  18. They have definitely grown in sophistication. I like the newer collections a lot more.

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  19. Wow! all of those outfits are so layered and pretty!

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  20. I agree, Rodarte's newest collection is always similar to its last collection but all the pieces are too interesting and well-crafted to just talk down upon.

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  21. Second row, third and fourth column, I love it!
    Check out the boots! they are awesome!!!!

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  22. i just love everything they do, its so intricate and beautiful that I don't care if its unevolving

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  23. At first look, I was dissapointed by the lack of evolvement of the collection. But when I looked at it again I was struck by the artistry of thier peices. It was only after I went through thier older collections that I realized that unlike my initial observation this collection was actually quite different from thier prior ones. Thier collections take fashion as art to a new level.
    -indigo

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  24. I love the 1st look from the 2nd row! The details on the top, the flowy skirt and the prints on the tights! All these details but in the same colour tone. Muted but not boring! Lovely!

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  25. i really like this season, it's all rather wild and tribal, isn't it?
    i love it, because none of it is boring, and your eyes are constantly moving across the outfit, they never seem to land.
    xx

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  26. I agree with you to a certain extent. It's similar to bloggers like yourself who have a very definite sense of their own personal style. This is essential for a designer. However, I feel there will come a time when they'll have to work outside their comfort zone. Now that you've put the collections together like this, I was shocked by just how similar they are!

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  27. I only got to know Rodarte this year. I think the collections is awesome.

    http://missheadoverheels.blogspot.com/

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  28. this is a really nice collage- i think it makes the progression obvious. to me, there's nothing wrong, either as a designer or a consumer, in knowing what you like, sticking to it, but doing variations on your favorite thing. i think that's what rodarte does, and since i like their overall theme, it doesn't bother me that they stick with it. ~joelle

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  29. i am just enamoured and enchanted by all their collections!

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  30. I totally agree with you! Rodarte stay true to themselves! They don't change just because every one else does, and at the same time they are creative. Love it <3

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  31. Woooo,I have to say that their dresses are really unique and good thing to stick to their signature style !

    Nothing wrong with that at all. Beautiful collection <3

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  32. i still think they are pretty fantastic

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  33. i love this! super fun, each look is very gorgeous

    -cma
    check out my blog @
    cosmicaroline.blogspot.com

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  34. I absolutely agree. I love it when a brand is distinctly noticeable because it has a certain something, and not because its being worn by every big shot celeb.

    I love that Rodarte's collection looks the same, but it doesn't feel the same. Each collection evokes different feelings.

    By the way, I've got a Tolani scarf to give away at my blog. Come check it out :)

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