Earlier this week in a rainy New York, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented the brand’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection outside at the Marble Cemetery. Dreary weather didn’t stop or oppress even a slight fraction of the extravagance that flowed over the gates that afternoon, completed with sweet shades of blush pink, peach, and baby blue. Tulle (lots of tulle) was seen forming many of the looks, as well—tiered, in layers, as larger-than-life sleeves, and surrounding the head.
Unforgettable pieces for us included: a V-neck magenta dress of lace tied high at the neck with a bow paired with red shoes with more bows; an all-red look featuring a cape coat and veil; and a series of off-the-shoulder dresses with silk ties above the shoulder and at the waist. We also saw Art Deco-inspired details shining from accessories, like floral armband bracelets, bird head pieces, and earrings.
Floral designer Joseph Free wove fresh roses into the models’ tulle veils and hair, creating 48 different looks, while makeup artist James Kaliardos references an exhibition at Tate Modern, “Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy,” as his starting point.