Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy visited Toronto for a Personal Appearance and party at The Room in The Bay. The excitement was building up in the weeks preceding the event because Toronto hasn’t had any major designer visits recently (No, that Kim K person doesn’t count as a designer).

Rodarte at The Room

As with most of these events, I don’t care about what everyone is wearing because I’m touching the designer’s samples. I love the opportunity to feel the garments and examine the workmanship. Rodarte’s clothing is so well made and the materials are lush.
Rodarte at The Room

I didn’t even speak to Kate and Laura. I had no interview questions. I didn’t want to do the “I really like your work” and subsequent photo opp. I feel a bit sorry for designers in these situations as I liken it to being in a Zoo. They seemed happy to meet fans and take pictures before being whisked off to dinner with VIPs
Rodarte at The Room

I really like the Van Gogh print dresses from the Rodarte Spring Summer 2012 collection. The Fall Winter 2012 – 2013 collection didn’t invoke the same feelings but I love their shearling jackets.

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Rodarte at The Room

Check out the rest of my photos from the event in the slideshow.

I was wearing the bright neon dress that got me spotted in Refinery29. I managed to find myself in coverage by The Backseat Stylers, Flare, Fashion Magazine and Jason Hudson.

Earlier this year I snapped some beautiful Rodarte dresses that were on display during the Anna Dello Russo event. I’ve never posted them and it seems appropriate for this post. These dresses are stunning.

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011
UPDATE: March 27, 2011. The collection is available at Holt Renfrew right now.

Rodarte collaborated with Opening Ceremony for a small Spring Summer 2011 collection. Holt Renfrew will be carrying the line in Canada.

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011

I got the scoop on some of the styles you can expect to see in Holts and they are pictured below. Unfortunately there will be no Tapestry Fringe Cape or Bandeau Swing Dress.

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011
Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011

Overall, the collection really isn’t my style. I have some favourites with the tapestries. I like the Aztec Intarsia Sweater and Stained Gauzy Button Down. I don’t know what to make of some of it. Pieces like the Lace-Up leather shorts just leave me baffled, so ugly.

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Spring Summer 2011

images: openingceremony.us

Quicktake: Rodarte at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Final Fashion Paper Doll – Rodarte Fall 2010
Final Fashion Paper Doll – Rodarte Fall 2010

I wasn’t able to see the Quicktake: Rodarte exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum that went from February 11, 2010 through March 14, 2010 in New York City.

There is video!  1st is a short clip of the about the exhibit and a longer interview clip with Laura Mulleavy.
Quicktake: Rodarte

Rodarte in Conversation with Sally Singer

You know what, I’m tossing in the Rodarte x Maggie Chung clip too.

2010 A Space Odyssey a film by Rodarte and Todd Cole

2010 A Space Odyssey is a film by Rodarte and Todd Cole. It’s pretty beautiful and the clothing looks amazing. I get shivers at 4:26. It’s making me change my mind about the spring 2010 collection.

Guinevere van Seenus stars in Aanteni, a high-fashion techno-thriller from CFDA award-winning design sisters Rodarte, shot by their friend and frequent collaborator, the photographer and video artist Todd Cole. Set in the deserted grounds of Paypal founder Elon Musks Space X jet lab in Hawthorne, California, the film was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the space race, which, according to Rodartes Kate and Laura Mulleavy, has defined generations of artists in their desire to use new mediums and question the established rules they were taught to follow. This cinematic collision between rocket science and visual daring is an apt match for Rodartes spring 2010 collection—a symphony of flesh-colored crochet knits, fluorescent fibres, leather bandages and distressed plaid. Costumed in a series of these exquisite creations, Van Seenus blurrily emerges from a shimmering seascape before running through the starkly alluring spaces of the Space X facility—a former Boeing airline hanger that has been transformed into what the Mulleavys call a world defined by color, texture and material. Van Seenus hallucinatory journey, punctuated by glimpses of mysterious experiments and sudden rocket blasts, is chillingly soundtracked by LA noise-merchants No Age. We advise you to strap in and don a helmet for the spectacular finale—a truly stratospheric experience that takes Rodartes unique vision beyond the final frontier(from NOWNESS.com)

Rodarte Ready to Wear – Fall 2009 – 2010

Rodarte Ready to Wear - Fall 2009 - 2010

OMG, Rodarte is perfection. I am calling it now and Rodarte wins for best collection of NYC. Their clothing is a lesson in textiles; incorporating colour and texture. They get better year after year. The collection wasn’t all black either, that is a big bonus in my books this season.

Rodarte Ready to Wear - Fall 2009 - 2010

images: Rodarte F/W 09.10 New York – Page 5 – the Fashion Spot.

Rodarte Spring 2009 FTW

I don’t usually get Rodarte. I appreciate their work and the complexity, but I’ve always been meh about them. I don’t know what it is about this Spring collection that has me excited. They have basically expanded and refined the look they presented during Spring 2008 and the Fall 2008 seasons. It just looks so slick and polished for Spring 2009. The presentation of the collection was brilliant and I have to admit, I’m really loving the clothes too. Some of it is totally unwearable, but who the fuck cares. After a week of mediocre shows, Rodarte definitely stands out. Check the video!

image: thefashionspot.com