A return, roses, rain and euphoria at Rodarte S/S 19


Image credit @kateandlauramulleavy

Menacing weather, specifically rain, wouldn’t stop Kate and Laura Mulleavy from bringing their Rodarte back to the New York stage. Their setting of choice was the New York City Marble Cemetery, outside. Show goers will in-hindsight remember the rain and funereal backdrop as adding a certain poetic gravitas to the euphorically embellished collection that was often gilded tempestuously in its choice of celebration, to mourn to marry or to be merry? Dresses to die for or to live for? No need to choose was the Spring/Summer proposition the duo sent down the Umbrella-lined runway, each look was grand entrance approved. At a cemetery, yes, but lifeless this was not: frills, tulle, gossamer things, and roses–lots and lots of roses. Here’s what happened:

1.Casting snapshot (the show was cast by Barbara Nicoli):

Heavenly beauties like:

Alexis Sundman (opened)
Chunjie Liu
Harleth Kuusik
Lily Nova
Elibeidy Dani
Lily Stewart
Yeva Podurian
Lea Holzfuss (closed)

See the full cast list here

5. Fashion’s favorite sound director Michel Gaubert, who collaborates with Karl Lagerfeld and like, everyone who is anyone, provided the backing music. We heard:

“Watching You Without Me” by Kate Bush
“I Get Along Without you Very Well” by Chet Baker

2.There was an untold amount of rose-adorned selfies backstage


Image credit @kateandlauramulleavy

3.Said roses were done by bespoke, LA-based florist Joseph Free, see here:

4. Baroque beauty was by James Kaliardos and Odile Gilbert and screamed romance

5.The Los Angeles-based sister act is also having a Rodarte exhibition at the National Musuem of Women in the Arts, Novemember 10, 2018–February 10, 2019

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