Designer Dossier: Rodarte

Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the sister savants behind the line, introduce daring footwear to take you places you've never been.

laura and kate mulleavy
Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the sister savants behind the line, introduce daring footwear to take you places you've never been.
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The Mulleavys are to fashion what the Coen brothers are to film. That is to say that their collections for Rodarte tell modern fairy tales at once esoteric and familiar. Redwood forests, Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night, and The Wizard of Oz have all popped up in their designs (not at the same time, mind you). "We work as one person," Laura says. "In many ways, our differences lead to one viewpoint." This fall, they cast their collective eye on Australian landscapes and the debut of their first line of shoes. Among the shearling bomber jackets, russet-hued sweaters, and sand-art heels, there's a head-to-toe journey to the land Down Under. The adventure is yours to take.

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Fall 2012
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Dress Rodarte at Ikram; (312) 587-1000.

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"For us, every season starts with a shoe idea. Fall allowed us to use a concept we had saved for the right moment. We created heels made of molded resin filled with layers of colored sand. We wanted to reference the amazing layers of earth in the landscape."

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Coat Rodarte at Barneys New York; (212) 826-8900.
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"We think of fashion in terms of our creative process. We have always been more about the road to some place than the actual destination. We hope that what we create will be transformed by a woman and made her own by the way she wears it."
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Shoes Rodarte at Iris; (212) 645-0950.
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