The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.
I’m all for interesting and hand-made quality items, but these seem more like an art piece than a wearable garment, which has been the label much of the Rodarte garments have been stamped with. What do you think about high-luxury, high-priced basics? Would you pay the price to have a unique but virtually unwearable piece of clothing or accessory?