Haven’t you ever seen a designers collection and thought… “wow, I wonder what was going through their minds as they designed this collection?” Many a times I’ve wanted to be a fly on the wall inside a designers brain, and this is exactly how I felt when I was looking over the Rodarte Spring 2010 Ready to Wear Collection. Kate and Laura Mulleavy really outdid themselves this time. I’ve always loved the Rodarte girls because they always bring something different to the table, and this collection is definitely different.
According to Womens Wear Daily, the Mulleavy sisters were inspired by the big, black, bald California Condors that faced extinction in the late 80s. Laura Mulleavy told WWD that, “We just kept thinking about how they had to scavenge to survive,” she said. “If they were mangled and tattered, how they would be reborn.” Dark and mildly disturbing, check. Another memorable season under the Rodate sisters’ belts, also check.
Rodarte is all about construction. And these pieces take that theme to a whole new level. They’re so intricate, you have to stare, zoom in, and think about how this was all pieced together.
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Isn’t it crazy that the same girls that dressed Natalie Portman in this perfect, pretty, sugar plum-like chiffon confection also created these SUPER edgy looks? While I do think this collection was inspired, I kind of miss the sweet and pretty side of Rodarte. They’ve been doing edgy for a while.