Thursday, February 16, 2012


SHOWTUNES: RODARTE FW12 - "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide by OpeningCeremony

Listen to the above song to hear Rodarte's "ShowTune," aptly coined by Opening Ceremony. Damn't, they always come up with cool coinage...

The word on the streets is Rodarte is going dutch. Artistically, in a literal and figurative sense. Most recent press releases have Rodarte moving slowly but surely towards the mainstream with the ever-so tantalizing fiscal and commercial sirens calling their names.

Plainly stated, I don't believe that. What I do believe is they're simply sustaining a stream of consciousness from their Autumn/Winter 2011 and Spring 2012 collections. A persistent continuity of color palate--dusty blues, rustic oranges, and wheat yellows, (all beautifully paired)--pattern/fabric amalgamation, and to paraphrase myself (how cheeky), keeping with the unconcerned originality that art in all it's forms--paintings, photographs, and film (to name a few)--has inspired.

To name a few.

Christina's World. Andrew Wyeth. 1948.

Films like this.

Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" 1978.

See any symbiotic transfer? And lest I remind you, this does not mean I don't think other forms of stimuli were noted for inspiration. I'm just saying I doubt these two will ever exchange their design aesthetic in for big business commercialism. Well, other than for Target' of course.

**Photos via The Cut and DVD Beaver

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