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Hype can be a terrible, terrible thing.

Take Rodarte, for example. The brand boasts A-list fans, got a mention in The September Issue (Grace Coddington: “those poor Rodart-eee girls”) and received a glowing review from one of my favourite fashion critics, Hilary Alexander, for its F/10 RTW show at NYFW; but 97 per cent of the ensembles sent down the runway this week looked like they belonged to the homeless, environmental science students, hippie brides or the Tavis among us.

If only they could eliminate the arts and crafts element, trim the fat, pare it back a little and edit … then they would have a beautiful collection on their hands.

The other 3 per cent of the collection, however, was divine:

Rodarte F/10 RTW

Rodarte F/10 RTW

Rodarte F/10 RTW

(Please excuse my appalling math skills.)

Jacobs’ Frank approach

A name that comes to mind when viewing Marc Jacobs’ F/10 RTW collection (from the comfort of my lounge room, via Style.com) is Anne Frank.

Call me crude, but had Miss Frank survived I believe she would have blossomed into one of the women Jacobs sent down the runway yesterday – demure, earnest, prim and of course ‘serene’ (a word the fashion world is particularly fond of this week).

In terms of colour, his collection was simple, made up of greys, taupes and creams. The silhouettes and finer details, on the other hand, were much more interesting. Mid-calf-skimming dresses, fur lapels, grainy fabric and bias-cut skirts added a sense of mystery and suggestiveness; a combination so many women fail to get right.

It’s as if, with the swoop of his needle-holding hand, Jacobs has reminded us how beautiful innocence and naivete can be – it helped that the musical theme to the show was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

And to think, I’d started to lose faith in Jacobs’ level of taste!

Marc Jacobs F/10 RTW