Rodarte showed a spring collection that was eminently "wearable" — which I guess is fashionspeak for "there were no horror-film-inspired dresses that looked like they were bleeding this time around." And nothing made of tentacles of black leather, either. Nor any rag-bag collages. What front-row guests like Elle and…
Rodarte, with its balance of high-concept artistry and plain-old covetability, has become a can't-miss show. And the Mulleavys' latest collection — an eclectic, sexy mix of structure, romance and contrast — was no exception.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of walking through the Cooper-Hewitt's just-opened Rodarte exhibit. It just about floored me to see that much hand-dyed silk tulle and felt-encrusted knitwear.
Amanda Fortini's profile of Kate and Laura Mulleavy — the Pasadena sisters behind Rodarte — examines the duo's relationship with middlebrow fashion bible Vogue. You know, the magazine that made them subsist on 1,300 calories a day for four months.
Apparently the singular shape pushed by Vogue in its April "Shape" issue goes beyond the pages of the magazine itself: Anna Wintour allegedly found the shape of Laura and Kate Mulleavy, who design Rodarte, to be utterly unacceptable. So Wintour put the design team on a strict exercise regime and 1,300 calorie diet.…