The cinema-obsessed sisters behind Rodarte were into L.A. before it was cool. Here, Laura Mulleavy talks Oscar gowns, the perils of custom orders, her labelâ€™s love of storytelling, and the genres that make her swoon.
Rodarte: Kate and Laura Mulleavy didn’t have to look far for their Fall ’13 inspiration. The sister duo nodded to sunny Santa Cruz, their Cali hometown, with models stomping out in eighties-era get-ups amid a setting of neon light sticks. As for those rave-friendly splashes of light, a fun catwalk setting for a label that usually goes very bare-bones on the ambiance front, to be sure, but also another nod to their West Coast roots: the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Naturally, there were tie-dye satin gowns (outfitted here with 3-D foam bodices), hip-baring bodysuits worn under jean shorts and studded leather jackets, and acid-wash denim aplenty.