NEW YORK -- Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a bejeweled, brocaded and bewitching spring-summer 2013 women's collection during New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration: "Fantasy role-playing games," Laura Mulleavy explained backstage after the show. "Especially the '80s versions."
The first words out of my mouth -- especially given the metal dragon earrings snaking around the ears of each model -- was "Dungeons & Dragons," but Mulleavy shook her head. "Not just Dungeons & Dragons -- all of them."
The look: Although there were garments that could have been conjured up from the days of dragon-slaying at the roll of the polyhedral dice -- breastplate-like pieces, rich brocades, jewel-encrusted leather jackets -- there was just as much borrowed from other fantasy worlds, especially the future, with "Tron"-worthy geometric color blocked pieces, iridescent silver skirts and shoes with computer cut graphic heels, and the undersea world, represented by coral-like prints on form-fitting tops.
Several eye-catching pieces that didn't seem to fit the fantasy role-playing narrative (unless one considers the hedgerows and garden parties of Alice down the rabbit hole) were the green and white ivy trellis prints on silk gowns and dresses.