“California dreamin’ has always been part of the story for Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters who have more often focused on blood-stained streaks from horror movies. But this time the duo looked beyond their Los Angeles studio and went back to their suburban Pasadena, California, roots. … Arts and Crafts have long been a strong focus in California. Rodarte has always been drawn to the handmade and artisanal, but this show was a fine example of designers moving their own ideas forward to become both more accessible and more desirable.”
“They often speak of ‘building’ a dress. To create their garments, which tend to include a multitude of textiles (and finicky ones, like tulle, organza, leather, and lace), adornments (crystals, feathers, rosettes), and techniques (draping, pleating, dyeing), the Mulleavys work with a team of three seamstresses, a pattern-maker, a dyer, a leather worker, and three knitters. One mid-length yellow chiffon dress from the 2006 fall collection took a hundred and fifty hours to complete.”
“These strapped and sliced Nicholas Kirkwood shoes — with their cut-out sportswear-inspired fronts contradicted by illuminated fairytale melting wax heels — were just the cherry on the cake of a captivating collection that is undoubtedly one of the finest of the week so far. You can keep the heels, girls — we’re walking on air!”
The Rodarte for Target line is among the most anticipated of year. By now, we’ve come to expect no less from the Mulleavy sisters — the dominating fashion duo who hail from Pasadena — especially after their coup d’tat against serious heavy hitters at New York Fashion Week in September.
The Target line drops just in time for holiday shopping on Dec. 20, and the Internet world has been practically frothing at the mouth to get a glimpse of it.
The first (authorized) looks are finally trickling in, thanks to a fresh round of fashion mags hitting the stands with December issues — and editorial spreads featuring the collab line.
Lucky Magazine’s blog has a compilation of links where you can get your gander on and start planning your New Year’s Eve ensemble. (Photo at right, from Teen Vogue via Lucky: Actress Dakota Fanning in a leopard-print mini dress by Rodarte for Target)
We’ll have more from this line in the winter issue of Rose Magazine.
(Photo via Lucky Magazine and Teen Vogue)