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 Dakota Fanning, Tavi Gevinson, Taylor Swift, Solange Knowles, and Her Gravid EminencĂ©, The PregnancĂ© saw at yesterday's show were neat little dresses, many of which followed a 1950s silhouette.

The collection was obviously inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. If there's something a little doggedly literal about taking a painting you like and printing it on a dress — something a little kitsch, a little gallery-postcard-rack — well, Kate and Laura Mulleavy are clearly making kitsch the point. My aesthetic preference tends towards the outfits that offered a less 1:1 take on Van Gogh. But I kind of appreciate, at least in theory, the smirking quality of a $4,000 dress that looks a little like a blown-up version of a $4 museum gift shop mug.

The Mulleavy sisters stuck with some of their signatures — such as looks that expose the area of a woman's body that lies roughly between the belly button and the sternum. (That also happens to be a favorite body part of Miuccia Prada.)

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The eye makeup was "Starry Night"-inspired. And the heels were like sculptures. (The shot on the right also doubles as another ringing endorsement of Activ-Flex Band-Aids.)

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And those sweaters? Chunky knit sweaters in easter-egg colors that are cabled on top and basket-weave down below? I cannot wait to make myself one for spring. I'll probably wear it belted with a kicky skirt just like Jourdan Dunn here.

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I liked the ruched leather tops.

But my personal favorites were probably the striped silk pieces.