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Rodarte F/W 15.16 New York
I felt like they were swimming heavily in Saint Laurent territory... and the other half of the time they were just drowning in the ugliness they've become synonymous with over the past few years.

I don't even know what to think of this label anymore...



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I honestly don't think these girls knew what they were getting into when they started a label. They were one-trick ponies from the start, with all those ethereal yet edgy gowns that were perfect for red carpet risk-takers like Keira Knightley or the Fanning sisters that also made great editorial fodder. Thus they became the recipients of absurdly random and enthusiastic hype. Over the past few years, though, the emperor's clothes have been yanked away. What we have here is one of the most disjointed and desperate collections I've ever seen, with shameful lifts from Ghesquiere's Vuitton and Givenchy topped off with frilly and sparkly fussiness. Unless they expect those $100 "J'aime Rodarte" T-shirts at Opening Ceremony keep them afloat forever, I'm half expecting a press release one day announcing that they're jettisoning Ready-To-Wear and just focusing on special projects and commissions.

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I agree, they Saint Laurenified their usual cut and paste patchwork. There's maybe a couple of cute numbers here but most of it is beyond me. Maybe I just don't get it, but who is their customer? And in a larger perspective, do they sell? Who is backing this financially, season after season?

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They were inspired by that first collection by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. I can see some looks from their s/s 2015 collection too so I don't know, they're just really lazy and limited. It's a shame, because their s/s 2015 was great and it gave me some hope that they'll get better but... nope, it's not gonna happen.

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I know that a comparison of this type seems unfair, as each brand has a different aesthetic, but I opened the Rodarte collection right after seeing The Row and felt a drastic change in taste and luxury that almost seemed unbelievable. Every piece feels so inexpensive and hilarious, I truly wonder who spends money (rather big money, if you ask me) to have costume sequins lying around. Also I am glad I'm not the only one who saw Ghesquiere's debut at Vuitton in one third of it.

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does this collection even deserve a topic ?

Kudos to HeatherAnne for the patience to post those pictures of this awful mess.

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this is tragic, at this point. i was a huge fan of theirs at the beginning. was it a bit gimmicky? yes, but it was their thing, it worked. i do appreciate them trying to branch out (which they did gradually, and the first collections that moved away from the romantic quirky dresses were very good), but it just keeps on getting worse. it looks bad and even cheap. this collection makes no sense, it's a bunch of different things put together and none of them look good.
they've also used the exact same shapes of the last 3 dresses many times now, and it's always ugly and unflattering. everything's just bad bad bad

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Many gorgeous pieces, very commercial

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Definitely see the St Laurent reference ... I think they do have talent, but it would be hard to prove using this collection.

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There are gorgeous pieces here, but my god its all over the place, and the collection comes off as hollow!

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To be honest, this is not a bad collection, at least in my eyes. In fact, I think it's one of their better collections as of late. The comparisons to Saint Laurent are, IMO, not very feasible here as it's not like the Saint Laurent look is anything new. This feels very much like them but commercialised to the current scope of things. I'm not here to defend them as I feel the brand has almost entirely lost it's relevance, but after some monstrosities over the past 2-3 years, I think they are starting to get back on track. All that being said, is it just me or do the sequinned pieces at the end look terribly cheap?!

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Still not as bad as s/s 14. that to me was their absolute lowest point,(f/w 13 being in second) and one of the worst shows in the past ten years.

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