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We always associate mermaids with splashing around in the summer sun. Yet in late March, under that melting layer of the ocean’s ice, exists a magical world. Slumbering at the bottom of the ocean are the Rodarte mermaids, waiting for the ice to melt so they can take a peak at the turn of seasons. For their Spring/Summer 2015 collection Kate and Laura Mulleavy recreated scenes of their adolescent lullabies and their coastal childhoods memories of wading in tide pools on the coast of California while waving at mermaids in the distant sea.

Using fish scale embellishments and fishhook piercings, Rodarte created a collection that could easily be substituted for costumes in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (what I consider the Star Wars of our generation) or Sofia Coppola’s take on The Little Mermaid. The icy-mermaid dresses complimented the pirate thigh-high lace-up boots, hook belts and ruffles, creating an action-packed fantasy of seduction, shipwreck and mystery.

Swaying like seaweed, the clothing looked like it was gracefully being pulled back and forth by the rolling tide. The aquatic-themed silhouettes were as dainty as sea foam. The color pallet consisted of navy, white, icy blue, murky green and nacre - the iridescent tint of inside a seashell. The delicate hem of the mermaid dresses looked like sea anemones. Urchins and anomiidae, better known as mermaid’s toenails, decorated the upper half of the garments.

"We wanted to re-create the texture of those underwater tide pools, to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity,” the Mulleavy sisters explained (Vogue). The whirlpool atmosphere of the set was confirmed by the piles of shimmery sea glass, which many attendees took as a keepsake. One can never go wrong with an underwater fashion theme - seeing as the Rodarte sisters are always known to take an otherworldly idea and execute it to perfection.

Photos by Lea Colombo, Kevin Tachman and Barbara Anastacio. Written by Taylor Aube

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