After taking time off from his namesake label — which had experienced a considerable shake-up in the past several years, having been acquired by Jones Apparel Group in 2010 and then again by Sycamore Group in 2014 — Robert Rodriguez is back with a new collection, a new owner and a chic new look. Under Gruppo Atelier LLC, which acquired the Robert Rodriguez name last year, the Los Angeles-based designer has launched R/R Studio, an advanced contemporary collection he described as “relaxed and modern in its approach; an easy way of dressing.”
After quietly designing resort and spring 2016 collections — both of which will debut at Barneys New York in the U.S. as part of a yearlong department store deal — pre-fall marks R/R Studio’s third season. Rodriguez said he saw a void in the market for elevated, cool, easy-to-wear clothes, and his latest lineup aimed to fill it. The collection juxtaposed modern, boyish basics — such as oversize wool and cashmere knits, plaid outerwear, and leather and suede trousers, all done in Italian fabrics — with a dose of sensuality. The latter came in floral-printed sheer chiffon peasant dresses and off-the-shoulder blouses as well as crisp cotton blouses and skirts with transparent embroidery. On the fancier side, dresses in colorful guipure lace gave the collection a romantic feel.
“I’m excited to create something that’s different from what I used to do,” he said. Harrods in London has also picked up the brand’s wares, which range from $254 for knits up to $7,000 for a color-blocked mink coat, with the sweet spot sitting from about $400 to $600.