Paris Couture Week Day I: Rodarte

To me, this was one of the most anticipated shows of the day. When it comes to Kate and Laura Mulleavy, sister designer duo behind Rodarte fashion house, it is always exciting to watch how their genius evolves. It is not only about fashion, it is about the everything in between. A colorful garden of an old abbey on the West Bank in Paris served as the perfect scenery for the floral fairytale. While the flowers lining the runway were beautiful, the blooms on the models heads and fingers also deserved our attention.

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“They sent me pictures of daisies, so I knew I wanted something really sheer on the fingernails, so I used the Morgan Taylor Sugar Fix polish, which has a nice texture to it and a pretty pinky opalescence,” said nail artist Tracylee. To do something a little outside of the box, Tracylee then painted tiny daisies on the fingers of each hand using white nail polish (Morgan Taylor All White Now) and the Morgan Taylor Dotting Tool, and orange-colored Swarovski crystals for the center of the flower. “I also gave them an option where I used real flowers on the nails because I thought, people have done dried flowers before, but never real, so I went to the florist and got the tiniest buds I could find,” added Tracylee. In the end, the Mulleavy sisters decided to combine the two looks — daisies scattered across the fingers and a few real flowers glued onto bottom half of the nail using eyelash glue.

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As for the collection, it was dreamy, romantic and elegant at the same time. I believe this is their softest collection yet. They matched layers and layers of sheer, light materials with more structured and shaped fabrics such as leather, jersey and silk. The color palette mostly included pastel shades. However, there was a glimpse of black, bright and dashing red and a feathery mix of yellow and fuchsia. The Spring the way Mulleavy sisters see it is equally floral, printed, ruffled and embroidered. For their Spring/Summer 2018 collection, they stated: “We have a very romantic sensibility, but a complicated version of femininity. It’s not just about pretty dresses, it’s a reflection on womanhood.”

Photo Credit: Allure & The Business of Fashion (runway photos)