Rodarte's fall presentation was a giant step forward in their collective narrative. I watched the entire show on Showstudio (which I highly recommend you do too, so you can see the amazing walkthrough at the end with blacklights and glow-in0the-dark heels), and when the first look came out I actually said "ohmygod this is Rodarte?". The mix of textures is definitely one of their signatures, but they surely had never attempted this with such a delicate mix of materials and such a subtle color palette. The colors in the skirt are incredible, and I love the vaguely-Aztec print skirt paired with a checker print. I can't even come up with a clever "x-meets-x" analogy because the whole thing just seems so NEW but somehow FAMILIAR at the same time.
Nicholas Kirkwood did the shoes again, but this season it wasn't about "how high can you go" or "how much of a weapon can you become". It was a strange mishmash that created an awkwardly beautiful shoe. The ribbons tied around the ankle remind me of ballet shoes (and these clothes wouldn't look our of place at a ballet). Who makes a shoe that's purple and black and white? Kirkwood, that's who.
Benes was a cool chick, she would wear this dress. Please understand that I mean this as a compliment. But you know what I mean? This dress just kinda has that 90's floral dress vibe that she so favored, except that when you layer it with multiple luxurious fabrics of varying patterns and colors it becomes something else that's secretly epic.
Ps. Socks with shoes is the new thing for fall. I support this 100%