French Chic by Rodier

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Rodier spring/summer 2012 collection (above)

Last week one of my favourite boutiques, Rue Madame,  held a preview of their latest spring/summer arrivals. While I was already familiar with most of the brands, the one that caught my attention was Rodier. Many editors were already talking about it when I was in Paris for fashion week. Like Carven, it has a storied history and has recently undergone a relaunch.

Founded in 1852, Rodier began as a textile specialist creating new luxury fabrics such as kasha, a goat cashmere and jersey that was used by Coco Chanel after the First World War. They launched a ready-to-wear line in the 1950s and rose to fame in the 1980s. After slipping into oblivion, the brand was given a lease of new life last year in the hands of designer Emilie Luc-Duc who has trained with Vanessa Bruno and Anne Valerie Hash.

The spring/summer collection is all about structured yet oversized round volumes made from fabrics such as jersey and embroidered silk, with details such as draping and bows. Everything is light and comfortable with no linings on jackets while trousers come folded above the waist with a pleat down the front. I am loving the colourful linear prints on tops and dresses that are inspired by artist Sonia Delaunay. They could easily pass off as Celine. Also look out for the tie front dress and matching peplum top, which are both super chic.

Rodier is available online or at Rue Madame (IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong or visit www.ruemadame.com for other locations).

5 Responses to French Chic by Rodier

  1. Audrey Earle Nevitt says:

    My favorite clothes both summer and winter are from Rodier when two shops existed in theWashington, DC area. How may I contact Rodier in France to ask about cotton tops with elbow length sleeves and modest necklines. I’m 80 years old and still enjoy looking fashionable while covering as much of my neck and upper arms as possible. I would appreciate your advice.

    • TRISH DODD says:

      I would like to market Rodier merchandise in Johannesburg, South Africa. Can you possibly put me in touch with the relevant person.
      Kind regards
      082 464 8048 (mobile)

  2. Amal Mahfouz says:

    We used to have at least three of your shops in the Washington DC, USA. I enjoyed the winter slacks because of the perfect cut for my body shape, as well as the wool used in these slacks. How can I shop for Rodier clothing now?

  3. Jenny says:

    Are there no more shops left of Rodier in the Netherlands? Or where can I buy it in the Netherlands?

  4. lucia palmer says:

    Hello, I miss the Boston store. I live nearby. Is there any way for those of us in the US to purchase Rodier clothing? I still have a favorite dress from that store.

    Thank you Dr Lucia Palmer

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