The Jewelry at Rodarte’s Spring 2019 Runway Show Was Epic

Fashion brand Rodarte returned to New York Fashion Week’s runways last night—after several seasons of showing at Paris Fashion Week—with an ethereal spring 2019 collection accessorized with metal body pieces and jewelry that channeled the bold spirit of Art Deco design.

The extraordinary metal works were made by jeweler and metalworker Maggie Schpak, owner and operator of the Studio Art Metal Shop in Glendale, Calif., which has been responsible for some major metal moments in film and TV, including the armor in the Star Trek feature films.

The pieces—which were as much pieces of wearable art as they were jewelry—added edge to the party-girl princess vibes present in Rodarte’s latest collection, which took to the runway last night at the New York Marble Cemetery in the East Village.

Models’ coifs were styled with plump red and pink roses, the blooms, tucked in and around silver, gold, and bronze metal flowers. Mismatched earrings featuring  amorphous, sometimes industrial-rough, shapes dribbled past their shoulders. And the ethereal tulle gowns became even more good witch–like when paired with huge floral (brass?) armbands.

Rodarte spring 2019 arm bands
Floral armbands and fluid earrings at Rodarte (via: @haus_of_hell)

Rodarte spring 2019 jewelry

A sunburst necklace at Rodarte (via: @madmadestudio)

Rodarte Spring 2019 jewelry

Gold-tone conical earrings (via: @madmadestudio)

Rodarte spring 2019
A bejeweled floral armband and hair accessory (via: @rodarte)

Rodarte, the Los Angeles–based atelier founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, will be the subject of a retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. later this year—and its fashion makes for great museum-viewing.

The brand has always been a hothouse for fashion experimentation. And its fairy tale approach to dressing has been championed and supported by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and other fashion heavyweights when sales haven’t been stellar.

The atelier’s pairing of mega-metal with frothy fabrics painted an intriguing portrait of a woman confident enough to be frivolous. And the show will likely be remembered as serving up the jewelry moments of the fashion season.

Top: Starburst armbands and loads of tulle at Rodarte (via: @haus_of_hell)

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