NYFW SS13: Rodarte’s Throne Game

The big story, of course, is that Rodarte brought out our inner fantasy/sci-fi fangirl this week for its Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Among those of us for whom Game of Thrones is always only a couple of conversation points away, it took just a few looks to get the wheels spinning. And then when Look 13 dropped with its pair of red wings, we gasped with recognition.

“I knew it!” we exclaimed. “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?”

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Rodarte, Spring/Summer 2013

A series of boxy leather fringed jackets followed that are particularly well suited for the Night’s Watch, bearing symbols which could easily have been the marks of an undiscovered 8th house of Westeros. A few magnificent gowns floated delicately to the models’ ankles, but were toughened up with chains, fringed leather and breastplate-like corsetry.

Other looks were adorned with a tangle of dark greenery that suggested poison ivy and hedge mazes. This was something of a minitrend on the New York runways, with moody topiary looks also showing up at Jill Stuart and Vera Wang. And, right on point with the tessellation trend, a series of excellent parquetry-inspired skirts were shown, with one pink and copper number particularly catching my eye.

While Game of Thrones (as the most memorable mainstream ticket into geekdom of late) was certainly evoked in the Mulleavy sisters’ collection, their work really played upon any number of imaginative sci-fi/fantasy tropes. The stunning princesses mingle with the monstrous and the warlike – and at times must take up the battle-ax themselves.

But then gothic and dystopian fantasy themes have always been a mainstay of Rodarte’s collections, drawing as they have over the years from Japanese horror films, monsters, and scarification. These sisters really know how to weave the angelic and the grotesque together, to wondrous effect.

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