Category: Rodarte

FashionRodarte’s Fashion Empire Grows!

Two designers who’ve captured the attention of the fashion forward folk with their awkward personalities and intricately developed design sense have been exponentially increasing their fashion empire in the last year. With Anna Wintour (American Vogue’s Editor in Chief) picking up Rodarte and placing the brand in her stride the Mulleavy sisters don’t have an option but to succeed. Now is this fair, was it a roll of the dice that Wintour picked them, or was it really their extreme talent that is carrying them so quickly along?

Laura and Kate Mulleavy have just won the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and Hintmag has just pushed their eery and awe inspiring video in their honor. The sisters founded the brand Rodarte in 2005 in Pasadena, CA. By 2008 they had become the first Americans to receive the Swiss Textiles Award and in 2009 they were awarded Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Watch below and enjoy this senuously sensitive exploration of textures and form from the Rodarte collection.

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FashionToday’s Fashion Week Update: NYC

I have been watching for new videos and fashion show updates… So far there have been some kinda crazy shows and some that I find quite amusing.

I would check out Alexander Wang and Rodarte for starts. Thakoon is one that I found the video interview with the designer a little more interesting than the actual show. However, I was not thoroughly disappointed and found that Thakoon launches a line for the romantic visionary this season.

This woman is traveling abroad without even getting on the plane. The prints were bright florals, that sometimes do, as he says in this video, have a chintzy Americana sportswear feel.

However, Thakoon’s floral prints were anything but. Printed on diaphanous chiffon that gave life to the life printed on them. Thakoon capitalized on the more blunt trend this season of black/white graphic print and used an off white with his black to tie it into the other dresses.

Overall, visually the color story was all about the power of two: black white, pink white, green white, etc. Dresses were gathered and pleated and there was an interesting play with structure and unstructured.