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RaVInG OvER RoDaRTe

Our fashion & content highlights her favourite label on-site this week

Words by Flora Macdonald Johnston

When Rodarte burst onto the fashion scene in February 2008 with their gothic and horror-inspired aesthetic (think spidery knits in earthen tones, and gowns made of chiffon), it was clear sister founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy were something special. Now, as a permanent brand on the KOIBIRD roster, the label has blossomed into a creative powerhouse known for its incredible events wear, (notable celebrity fans include Natalie portman, Zendaya, Kiera Knightley and eternal cool girl Chloe Sevigny) and more recently, athleisure wear with their sub-label Radarte.

So for my edit this week, I’m deep-diving into their pattern-filled world and choosing my five favourite pieces on site.

fLORaL sILk SLIp dReSS

Hi, I’m Flora and I have a slip dress addiction. I’m not ashamed to say I own about 12, but as someone who travels often, and is always on the go from meetings to events, I need dresses that go the sartorial distance. Slip dresses look great when styled casually and worn under knitted jumpers and t-shirts, but equally can look glamorous when styled with blazers, and even when better when left alone in all its slip dress glory. This Rodarte floral number would look just as good at a wedding as it would in a meeting room. Now, that’s what I call fashion.

RODARTE

Floral Silk Slip Dress

£925

lONg SLEEve BODy sUiT

A bodysuit is one of those wardrobe staples you don’t know you need until you have it, they can be styled with jeans and floaty skirts for a more paired-down look, or dressed up with tailored trousers and heels for formal affairs. They do, however, often come in lacklustre designs, aka plain. This bodysuit offers something new with its cool monochromatic criss-cross body design and low scoop back.

RODARTE

Long Sleeve Bodysuit

£660

lONg SLEEve BODy sUiT

A bodysuit is one of those wardrobe staples you don’t know you need until you have it, they can be styled with jeans and floaty skirts for a more paired-down look, or dressed up with tailored trousers and heels for formal affairs. They do, however, often come in lacklustre designs, aka plain. This bodysuit offers something new with its cool monochromatic criss-cross body design and low scoop back.

RODARTE

Long Sleeve Bodysuit

£660

LeOPaRD dReSS

When a dress makes you GRRRR in appreciation, you know it’s a keeper. This dress with its nipped-in waist, short puffed sleeves and leopard print has a timeless appeal and a classic silhouette. I like the added accoutrement of the black silk roses and tie detailing. For me, this is definitely an occasion dress, perfect for cocktail parties, weddings and glamorous nights that end in blissful mornings.

RODARTE

Silk Twill Dress

£1,540 

TiE DyE mUSHrOOM sWEaTSHiRT

Who doesn’t like a good trip, and this tie-dye jumper with mushroom motifs is the psychedelic fashion ride I’ve been looking for. Made of super-soft cotton, it’s become my go-to jumper for chilly summer evenings.

RADARTE

Rocker Tie Dye Mushroom Crewneck Sweatshirt

£285

TiE DyE mUSHrOOM sWEaTSHiRT

Who doesn’t like a good trip, and this tie-dye jumper with mushroom motifs is the psychedelic fashion ride I’ve been looking for. Made of super-soft cotton, it’s become my go-to jumper for chilly summer evenings.

RADARTE

Rocker Tie Dye Mushroom Crewneck Sweatshirt

£285

mUSHrOOM bOMBeR jACkET

This blood orange bomber jacket has been elevated to royal status in my wardrobe thanks to its beautiful satin fabric and intricately embroidered mushrooms. It instantly lifts any lacklustre outfit and, for me, looks best when worn on an evening out with friends, styled over a mini dress and cowboy boots.

RODARTE

Mushroom Embroidered Bomber Jacket

£1,430

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