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Beautiful Androids at Rodarte

September 9, 2008

wintour.jpgRodarte’s Spring 2009 collection debuted Tuesday in New York.
Created by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte is a current darling of the fashion world, drawing the famous and fabulous.

Spotted in attendance were Andre Leon TalleyDiane Von Furstenberg, Tobey Maguire Natalie PortmanVanity Fair‘s Michael Roberts, Barney’s Simon Doonan with a bag emblazoned with “S.D.”, and many others who looked vaguely familiar. And if the blond bob and huge black sunglases were any indication, Anna Wintour.
The theme was “Beautiful Androids,” according to a sign backstage, and pale and leggy models walked the runway with hair pulled tightly back into a bun covered with foil. Dresses were made of beige, orange, black and blue sheer, some of them a bith gothy, many leather cut-out leggings, and one or two black leather jackets that looked wearable.
Almost as interesting was the hobnob before the show, with photographers running around snapping shots of important people, ladies wearing wonderfully impractical heels, several men rocking the short pants and shoes with no socks look, and a lot of kissing of both cheeks followed by French salutations.

Rodarte received a writeup this past weekend in the New York Times’ magazine that explained how three years ago, the Mulleavy sisters stormed the fashion world with just a suitcase full of clothes that caught high fashion’s eye. The duo won the 2008 CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Womenswear.

(Photo: Reuters)

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