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First Impressions: Rodarte

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[Images via Fashionologie]

Now, from around the web, all the buzz that's fit to blog on Rodarte:

1.) WWD: "A sensual nude-toned ode to the power goddess in short dresses and skirts highlighted the textural tension of mesh, knits, chiffons and leather, the last often worked with skeletal severity. More colorful chiffon frocks got de-sweetened when slung from heavy black chains. And those webby sweaters, so brilliantly engineered into dishabille, looked ever more mysterious over black rubber bandeau bras. Talk about tough love."

2.) The Glamorous Bee: "They're artistic intellectuals who just happen to be the creative minds behind one of the most succesful high fashion lines out there these days. They showed their Spring 09 Collection here in New York on Tuesday, off-site, away from the mania of the Tents at Bryant Park, at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea."

3.) Fashionologie: The clothes "followed the same thought process as the Fall 2008 collection, but with a few key changes — the colors, the shoes (those treacherous shoes, made by Nicholas Kirkwood instead of Christian Louboutin this season), and the leggings, which were leather instead of knit, and although they looked laser cut, were entirely handmade. Some think the look veered into Balenciaga territory, but me? I'm just enjoying the view."

4.) British Vogue: "By turns tough (black leather bombers, bandeau bras, leggings) and tender (chiffon confections worthy of a music box ballerina), many pieces in the collection did have the feeling of something the model had found tucked away in the furthest reaches of her closet."

5.) Refinery29: "Rodarte show's inspired by "earthworks"—think the textures of land art projects by Robert Smithson, and kaleidoscopic blues, blacks, and oranges palette inspired by Olafur Eliasson translucent installations. Back on the body, the palette almost recalled bruises, which followed the nude-colored set. There seemed to be a hint of the beauty in modern survival, whether in land, space, or our imaginations, as seen with many of the Japanese horror inspirations from last season still extending (tattered knits, etc.), though the collection did introduce more "wearable" jackets and pants."

6.) Jezebel: "So, the show itself was...how shall I put this...highly conceptual. S&M details duking it out with craftsy, Stevie Nicks-ish hand-knits; flesh-toned kilts with perversely dowdy 80s shapes; and then some dramatic gowns that are just flat-out stunning. I'm guessing High Fashion's gonna swoon."