So 2009 proved to be the year of Rodarte. The label's S/S10 collection won praise and an unprecedented number of fans, so much so that Target had to get the duo onboard to design a line for its GO International range (and, of course, this was an instant hit, too). With all the success and awards designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy have amassed since the brand's inception in 2005, it was only a matter of time before the pair would be worthy of an official profile, courtesy of the New Yorker.
The profile looks set to be a rare insight into how the Mulleavy sisters live and work. For instance, their father, who also happens to be their business advisor and the label's CFO, explains that only 1,000 pieces are produced each year and as such, the pieces yield minimal profit. "What profit we make goes back into research and development and making samples for the next season," he said.
Now, it would seem that things might be changing for the pair. The presence of Renauld Dutreil, chairman of LVMH North America, at their last runway show has set tongues wagging that the luxury group is soon to acquire a stake in Rodarte. And if that wasn't enough, Anna Wintour's musings about the path the sisters should consider taking further adds to the speculation. She has openly said: "The Mulleavys are ripe for a house which might be looking for a designer. A place like Schiaparelli, which is just sitting there waiting for the economy to be better - I think they'd be perfect for that."
With such a seal of approval from the most powerful and influential editor in the world, only time will tell if the Mulleavy siblings will heed her advice and use the new year to bring about a new era at Rodarte. Watch this space.