Feb 21, 2011 12:00AM

Rodarte Go Rural

Rodarte's F/W 2011 offering took rustic queues and imbued them with the distinctly feminine flavour that so defines Kate and Laura Mulleavy's aesthetic. The sister's approach to their inspiration - the American prairie, particularly as imagined by Terence Malick in Days of Heaven, was far from obscure. Lengths were modest and prints traditional (silk gowns featured a wheat field at the hem). Geometric paneling was executed in a neutral folky palette - a sartorial nod to the patchwork quilt, and model's were made-up in russet tones with heavily textured, wind-blown locks.

The mass appeal of Rodarte inherently lies in the Mulleavy sisters' singular vision of femininity and commitment to fine craftsmanship. But while their skill in conception and construction is always apparent, a Rodarte collection is always a bit cheeky. Although the soft romance and trademark whimsy of the typical Rodarte girl was omnipresent in the F/W 2011 collection, there was also a subdued sense of sexiness in the gentle cling of draped evening gowns and the body-conscious tailoring of trousers.

Sonny Vandevelde went backstage at the Rodarte F/W 2011 runway show to capture some candid moments.

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Photography: Sonny Vandevelde

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Words: Lillian McKnight