Rodebjer – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
Jet lag. Airport security. Sunburn and overpriced frozen daiquiris. Sure, travel to far-flung locales looks great on Instagram, but at the end of the day, who needs the hassle? No, Carin Rodebjer was definitely on to something with her new collection, which addressed the theme “staycation.” Relaxing at home, taking in the pleasures of your own city: Rodebjer’s inspiration was low-concept, to be sure, but she communicated it beautifully, via clothes that fused urbane elegance and a genuine sense of ease. Her key silhouettes had a pajama-like effortlessness—wraparound skirts, kimono-esque jackets and dresses, roomy filigree knits. But the shapes were just tidy enough to keep the look polished—witness Rodebjer’s wide-leg trousers in lightweight silk jacquard, which were slouchy but not slack. Bold stripes and wallpaper floral prints, meanwhile, gave the collection a graphic punch. These clothes were neither basics nor “basic.” Even the simplest pieces, such as the slim turtlenecks and tees, were elevated thanks to their refined fabrications, while rich materials like Rodebjer’s metallic floral jacquard helped to accentuate the collection’s understated luxe-ness overall. Many designers proffer overpriced frozen daiquiri fantasies for Resort. Here, Carin Rodebjer offered another possibility, the wardrobe equivalent of uncorking a fine bottle of wine at home.