June 17, 2012 New York
Photographs of the ribbons first became the striped print on the front of a sleeveless silk blouse. Moving on from there, the print morphed into color-block designs on the bodices of strappy dresses, and taking the idea one step further, into the geometric collage of red, black, white, and snake-print jacquard on a fitted sheath. If it sounds conceptual, there was nothing abstract about the end products. Looking at his sexy, body-skimming dresses, you're almost tempted to call Rodriguez results-oriented; they're not the kind of thing for going around unnoticed in.
His bias-cut, lapel-less jackets and slim, tapering pants, by their very nature, are less revealing. They trigger a different kind of desire reflex—the desire for an expertly cut pantsuit that's comfortable and cool in equal degrees.