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.