Craft Punks: Rodarte’s Wildest Inspirations

Sister act Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designing minds behind Rodarte, are wild cards in the hallowed halls of fashion: No formal design training and a cozy cottage workspace behind their parents’ Pasadena home. But what the duo lacks in due-paying and pedigree, they make up for with a decidedly intellectual approach to fashion, imbuing each season’s collection with themes that range from the fantastical to the downright twisted. One note the Mulleavy’s hit consistently? Nostalgia. Just reference their Fall 2013 show — featuring a slew of pieces available on Gilt today — which cites dream-like imagery from their formative years in Santa Cruz: Boardwalk roller coasters, cliff-dwelling vampires, surfer suits, and old-fashioned sailor tattoos. Not sufficiently weirded out by beach blood-suckers as inspiration? Try these equally outlandish visions from past seasons on for size:

Fall 2008: Inspired by traditional Kabuki and modern Japanese horror movies

Spring 2009: Inspired by a futuristic view of Earth’s landscapes from space

Fall 2009: Inspired by organic elements like metal, wood, and stone, juxtaposed with sharp, bondage construction a la Frankenstein’s monster

Spring 2010: Inspired by the singed land of Death Valley and a woman who was burned alive and transformed into a scavenging, rag-wearing California condor

Spring 2013: Inspired by Medieval and fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons

Spring 2014: Inspired by Los Angeles (hair metal bands, the Sunset Strip, rockabilly, Old Hollywood, and the 1980s)

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One Response to Craft Punks: Rodarte’s Wildest Inspirations

  1. Anonymous says:

    In her adopted home, she has received much love from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, winning the 2012 Swarovski Award for Accessory Design and being named a runner-up for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Simmons, whose Tabitha Simmons Collection starts at about $395 and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and other major department stores, recently teamed up with L.A.-based philanthropic brand Toms on styles incorporating her signature silks, which are available for $124 to $168 at Tomsm.

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