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2014 Rodarte Black Handmade Openknit Wool & Lamè Crochet Flower Sweater


Rodarte has been recognized by the industry as one of the most successful, and creative design firms of the 21st century having been awarded honors from both CFDA and FGI. Naming the brand after their mother, sisters Kate, and Laura Mulleavy were born in California. The design pair’s influence is rather eclectic, mostly focusing, however, on inspirations, and color stories that would reflect landscapes, and nature.

Visually, Rodarte’s Fall 2014 collection alludes to the times of impressionist, and en plein air paintings. Muted tonal colors, and craft textile treatment create a harmoniously textured color scheme. This handmade, openknit sweater is made of black eyelash yarns with eight crocheted flowers of mauve, aubergine, burgundy, white, slate, and cool grey, and cadet blue affixed around the sweater’s neckline.

Throughout, patches of matching metallic threads introduce additional depth, and allow for the muted color palette to capture light. This sweater is approximately cardigan length and is fitted with a more structured knit at the cuffs, and hemline. The inconsistent density of the open knit structure evoke an intentional weathered look that balances the influx of textures with interspersed areas of negative space.

Size estimate: XS/S

Size: Small


Shoulders: 15 inches

Sleeves: 25 inches

Bust: up to 34 inches

Waist: 27 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Length: 21 inches

Hand knit, this sweater is made of 85% merino wool blended with metallic, and elastin fibers. There are no closures on this sweater, and falls at hip-level. Because of the variety of color tones in this sweater, it has the potential to compliment a range of outfits, and would serve as a quirky piece to dress up most clean, though basic looks. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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