Fall Fashion Week 2019 has come and gone, but the styles released then will be around forever—or, well, until the next trend cycle. Paradoxically, one of the standouts of NYFW was a brand that had no presence on the catwalk. Rodarte, the label of sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, instead released a lookbook for its 2020 Spring Ready-to-Wear Collection. The collection featured dreamy pastels, 1950s elegance, 1980s silhouettes, and pearls galore. The garments—modeled by some of the leading ladies in the entertainment industry from the sister-band trio Haim to newcomer actress Yalitza Aparicio—were evocative of a more feminine era of fashion but in a structured way that made them seem modern and trendy. Indeed, the collection seems the perfect representation of the state of fashion in 2019. As Shannon Keating pointed out in a Buzzfeed article, fashion is all over the place right now, ranging from modest prairie to nineties rave, from minimalism to bold prints. Basically, there is a seat for everyone at the front row of the fashion show.
However covetable this collection may be, tulle gowns and sequined pants are not wearable on a daily basis for most women, and Rodarte is not exactly budget-friendly. But it is possible to implement the Rodarte collection into your wardrobe—read on for some ideas!
Polka dots and friends
If like me, you are allergic to all colors and favor black and white, polka dots are a clever way to make the B&W look interesting. Rodarte takes it one step further by mixing contrasting polka dot prints and placing dots next to their pattern cousins (still in a black and white palette). Here are some ways to incorporate the look into your wardrobe:
If this look is still too much for you, start small with some sheer polka dot socks or tights.
Pearls are often associated with our grandmothers, and for good reason: they are classic and always in style. The Mulleavy sisters recognize this but chose a slightly more unexpected way to showcase pearls. Rather than your typical string, the lookbook’s models wear pearls sprinkled throughout their hair.
Here are a few more everyday ways you can bedazzle your hair:
“Fancy” details and fabric
Although tulle, ruffles, sequins, and organza are usually associated with nightwear or elegant events, it’s more than possible to add these details to your day-to-day outfits, whether that is for work or for a brunch outing with friends. The key is to balance out these details and themes with fabrics and colors that ground them or dress them down. Make the “fancy” nightwear item the focal point of the outfit, keeping the additional parts of the outfit simple.
If there is a dramatic sleeve to be had, it’s in the Rodarte collection—puffs, ruffles, sheer—you name it.
The drop waist first became popular in the 1920s when the tomboy/straight silhouette was in vogue and again in the 1980s when dramatic proportion play was the style. The drop waist and its cousin the single-tiered hem feature heavily in the Rodarte lookbook. Pair a drop waist dress with tall boots and a structured jacket.
The beauty of this collection (besides the fabrics, patterns, and the models themselves) is that these styles can easily be found both at your average retail store or at a thrift shop (those 1980s dresses need a home!). Elevate your look, and get dressed with this feminine and creative collection in mind.