New York Fashion Week is already coming to a close so fashion week tiredness is begining to kick in but you can always count on Laura and Kate Mulleavy to have us transfixed and taken to a distant world at Rodarte.
The designers put aside the controversy and showed yet another strong collection yesterday to the likes of Karen Elson and Kanye West. Inspired by the Great American Plains, the duo sent models down the runway in beautifully draped silk maxi dresses in a variety of shades all boasting a windswept wheat print along the hemline. The collection played with texture too with lace dresses appearing with chiffon and sheer tulle skirts were teamed with thick nude jumpers. Taking inspiration from 'Wizard of Oz', the collection also featured some striking red numbers covered in sequins.
There have been rumours around LVMH’s interest in buying Rodarte since May last year, when the American label won Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards. And yet again, the rumours are resurfacing with reports that the luxury giant is eyeing up the brand known for its layering, distressed gowns and gothic influences.
Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of LVMH's fashion division, who’s involved in talent spotting for the group, was front-row at Rodarte for the second season in a row. However, it's still unknown whether the placement of Laura and Kate Mulleavy will appear within the LVMH portfolio, with Roussel remaining vague when asked. "We still love what they do," was all he would reveal.
The Spring/Summer 2010Rodarte show was packed today. Hardly a suprise considering the Mulleavy sisters' catapult to fashion stardom over the last few seasons.
Laura and Kate were inspired by the movie 'Death Valley' and it couldn't have been clearer. Models walked down the runway with a backdrop of mysterious dry ice yellow smoke and black sand all over the floor, not to mention the air being full of a a musty smell from a fragrance from Firmenich, a company the designers are working with.