The red-carpet favourite has partnered with Universal Standard to create a collection that Stylist’s fashion news editor Billie Bhatia can’t wait to wear.
As a plus-size woman, the idea of dressing for an occasion, black-tie event or something akin to the red carpet is truly terrifying. It doesn’t elicit excitement or wonder like it would for most women, in fact it does the total opposite: drowns me in fear and sparks minor heart palpitations.
The options are limited, especially when looking at the luxury market. Even if I had pockets deep enough to walk into [insert Bond Street store here], I wouldn’t be leaving with anything more than embarrassment that I am not able to fit into a single item of clothing. And that’s not just me, that’s every woman above a size 16.
Of course, we can dream! And often when I do, I am clad in Rodarte – the LA-based brand famed for its hyperfeminine, often ethereal take on dressing that takes over your Instagram feed during fashion weeks with enchanting sets, floral headwear and fantastical designs.
Lucky for me and every woman of every shape and size out there, Rodarte has just teamed up with Universal Standard, the clothing brand with a mission of inclusion that stocks sizes 0 to 40. The brand has previously partnered with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and J Crew, but this is its first foray into the luxury designer market.
In an interview with Fashionista, Universal Standard’s co-founder and creative director Alexandra Waldman said: “Rodarte is one of those beautiful, dreamy brands that are very difficult to access for most people because they are very high luxury and they’re very high fashion. We just love the idea of giving a little taste test to all women in general and allowing them to really own something from this brand.”
The capsule collection features four Rodarte pieces: a jumpsuit, a skirt, a blouse and a dress in the simple colourways of red, pink, black and white. The range is unmistakably Rodarte: the frilled details, the elongated sleeves, the light chiffon fabrics and the colour palette heavily focussed on red and pink, their now-signature shades.
While the collection will be housed in Universal Standard’s New York pop-up, international shoppers (like myself) will be able to buy the pieces online. And, as a bonus, it’s a far cry from the sometimes five-digit price tag often associated with high fashion – instead, every item in the collection comes in at under $250 (that’s about £190 for us).
Shop the Rodarte X Universal Standard collection here.
Images: Getty / Universal Standard X Rodarte