Rinat Brodach presented the Spring/Summer ‘17 collection for her eponymous label at New York Fashion Week. The 2010 Academy of Art University School of Fashion BFA Fashion Design graduate showcased her strong draping skills and eye for strategic styling that exemplify a contemporary woman. Culottes, tight skirts, halter tops with occasional low necklines made up the eye-catching looks, which the designer said were inspired by “a couple in a relationship and how they share their belongings, time and love.”
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Brodach fused the power of androgyny with soft feminine lines and bold draping this season, shown at SoHo’s AFA Gallery. True to her aesthetic, the Israeli-American designer kept her collection fresh by mixing body-hugging LBD’s with clunky sandals, and random striking transparent tops.
The color palette, primarily minimalist with somber earth tones, included a handful of yellow and blue striped garments that added a complementary balance to the strong narrative. It was a collection that demonstrated one of Brodach’s greatest strengths: her ability to drape any fabric effortlessly. It could be seen on sage calf-length pants, a grey striped halter dress and even a plain white tee, her signature technique.
As the designer explained the collection on her website: “In ‘About Last Night,’ you will find hints of traditional menswear that has been transformed into womenswear…The divide between what men and women can wear and share is getting smaller.”
Other garments had thick stripes and strategic cutouts exposing shoulders, showing that Brodach doesn’t play it safe when expressing her individual perspective. Her ability to create alluring synched waists, bare décolletages and clean hemlines provide a casual sexiness to the garments. Bauhaus movement aesthetic echoed throughout the separates.
One of the standout looks was a deep Sulphur oversized shirt that was only buttoned at the top, slightly exposing the model’s stomach and matching knee-length culottes. This sublime hue and silhouette choice shows Brodach’s control and eye for color.
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The overall looks of the models were just as attractive as the clothes themselves. The Brodach woman is a reinvention of the Cool Girl, with high ponytails, platinum braids and lightly bronzed cheekbones.
With this collection, Brodach was able to show her ability to create garments that complement the female form. The designer’s looks exemplify confidence and easygoing sex appeal, perfect for springtime.
Text by Taisiya Vivien Moon, MA Fashion Journalism Alumna.