Thursday, February 16, 2012
NYFW Fall '12: Rodarte
For at least a year now, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have been experimenting with ways to take their idiosyncratic vision in a more commercial direction. It hasn't been easy—these sisters are American fashion's dreamers, referencing Days of Heaven one season, and Disney's Sleeping Beauty the next. This time around, though, they got the art and commerce balance right.
The Australian Outback was their starting point, they said backstage. That meant it wasn't so far removed in spirit from last Fall's homage to Terrence Malick. But whereas back then the Mulleavys sent out somewhat challenging floor-scraping prairie coats, here they showed black and white shearlings you could believably see strutting city streets. In fact, we're sure we'll be coming across plenty of them this time next year.