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Rodarte Spring 2012 Runway Review

It’s all about the details with Rodarte. From the makeup, the shoes, and the belts to the most eye-catching perfect not-so-perfect pleating, there’s was plenty to take in, in a good way, in this season’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy-designed collection, begging the question when will the sisters venture into handbag design – and their line for Opening Ceremony doesn’t count.

Inspired by Sleeping Beauty and Vincent van Gogh, the collection fittingly included a mix of easy-on-the-eyes colors like Disney character-appropriate pale purple and turquoise, and yellow bringing to mind van Gogh's famed sunflowers, but there were also more moody purples and blues perhaps in nods to the artist’s darker works. Similarly, off the shoulder cocktail dresses combined princess-like silhouettes with the grid of Starry Night-like painterly construction. Certainly, these looks aren’t for everyone, but there were some more easily wearable looks, including flirty striped skirts with gathered fabric at the top, cropped pants, and color-blocked knit sweaters, to balance out the more avant-garde fashions.