June 02, 2014 New York
Carin Rodebjer makes a regular habit of taking inspiration from nature. For her first Rodebjer Resort collection, she looked to flowers: There was all manner of florals here, from the watercolor florals on a silky wrap dress or ruffle-detailed blouse, to the splashy graphic flower knit into a fuzzy sweater, to the small abstract floral covering a caftan of featherweight wool chiffon. There was even a kind of ditsy denim—an unlikely winner but a winning look nevertheless. All the flora lent the collection a kind of daydreamy, secret-garden feeling—but that wasn't the whole story. As is her wont, Rodebjer mixed her more fanciful pieces with ones very straight-up and matter-of-fact, like a short-sleeve coatdress or a washed cotton trenchcoat. There was also a strong tuxedo look, done in a substantial wool. A Swede recently relocated to New York, Rodebjer has clearly been paying attention to our city's varied springtime weather. All in all, this was pretty standard stuff for the brand, which certainly isn't a bad thing, with an extra frisson of casualness, thanks to the emphasis on tees and denim. Just the thing to wear when you want to stop and smell the roses.