New York Fashion Week F/W 2014

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Rodebjer F/W 14

Set at the North Cabana at the Maritime Hotel just north of New York’s meatpacking district, Rodebjer presented its F/W 14 collection on Thursday evening. The intimate room had the audience seated in the middle, while the runway snaked its way around people, created a feeling of a (very well dressed and attractive) town hall meeting or a 1960s book club meet-up. 

Perhaps not a coincidence, as the inspiration for the show – named “Rubyfruit Jungle” – was American writer and feminist Rita Mae Brown. Her 1973 novel from which the name “Rubyfruit Jungle” was lifted, is a coming-of-age autobiographical and, for its time, remarkably vivid portrayal of lesbianism.

Carin Rodebjer’s new collection was a wearable play on the ideas of sensuality and sexuality. But not a cliché one. Skin tight, and provocation for provocation’s sake, gave room for airy suites draped off the body in colorful silks, touches of embroidery and lace, patchwork leather and denim culottes in recycled materials. Structured turtlenecks and shirts which hinted at having been left behind by a boyfriend and reclaimed by a modern woman. Dressier, semi transparent dresses and collarless blazers, accentuated the collection with pieces suited for evening. 

Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” appropriately ended the show as we shuffled out into the bitter New York winter. 

"…I got my tongue, got my chin
Got my neck, got my boobs
Got my heart, got my soul
Got my back, I got my sex…”

Text: Fredrik Carlström
B/W images: Sesse Lind
Color images: Style.com