WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Rodarte
Growing up in rural northern California with influences from movies and their scenic surroundings, it's no wonder that Rodarte's stunning collections are a breath of fresh air in fashion world.
Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have been in the fashion game for over a decade now. That's pretty impressive considering their first 10-piece ready-to-wear collection was completed when they were only early twenty-somethings. After a feature on the cover of Women's Wear Daily, the world took notice and they have been a runway staple ever since.
Since Rodarte's rapid rise to fashion fame, the young pair have quite the impressive collection of industry awards, including the CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer in June 2008, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in June 2009, the National Art Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010 (they were the first fashion house win that award), and were one of the 50 recipients to win the 2009 United States Artists Fellowship.
Kate and Laura have always vivid imaginations and their work deeply reflects that. Their intricacy, hand detailing, and personalization to each piece is not something that is accomplished quickly. They have only two collections a year, allowing them not only to perfect their art, but also allot time to pursue other creative interests (like installations or writing and directing a movie, Woodshock, starring their friend Kristen Dunst). By remaining independent, the duo is free from the conforming and demanding plights of commercialism.
Rodarte's innovative, modern, and sometimes lavish designs are constantly drawing inspiration from different sources. From their Fall 2008 Japanese Slasher Movie-inspired collection to their hand in the magical pieces donned by Natalie Portman in Black Swan, to their most recent Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection inspired by childhood favorite Charlotte's Web, it's clear that whatever else is in store from Rodarte will be artfully whimsical, dutifully detailed, and completely their own.