We spoke; MAC and Rodarte listened. After my post yesterday about the MAC/Rodarte makeup collaboration which I think tastelessly names new nail polishes “Juarez” and “Factory,” MAC has released a statement to NYMag.com’s fashion blog, The Cut: Keep reading »
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My favorite makeup brand, MAC, has teamed up with Rodarte designers for a September 2010 collaboration based on their fall collection— but it’s gone horribly wrong. Drawing inspiration from the colors and culture of Mexico, MAC/Rodarte features a pink powder blush called Quinceanera, a sheer white lipstick called Ghost Town, and other items. That’s fine and dandy. But they’ve also tastelessly named their nail polishes Juarez (a pink frost) and Factory (a mint frost). Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police. Keep reading »
For the 50th anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” the Rodarte sisters collaborated with Parisian concept boutique Colette on a line of T-shirts inspired by the film. We were pumped when the news first broke, and now the goods have arrived. In the quartet of designs, one works the classic New York Herald Tribune logo Jean Seberg made famous. Others feature actual images from the film with colored graphic overlays.
The verdict: They’re definitely cool, but not as edgy as we thought they’d be (maybe a more vintage fabrication would have been cool). And naturally, they don’t come cheap, at about $150 each. Check out the rest of the tees after the jump. [Colette] Keep reading »
Awesome news: Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sister duo behind label Rodarte, will be designing two shirts inspired by the classic French New Wave film “Breathless” (French title: “À Bout de Souffle”). We’re so pumped to see what the two come up with when the tops hit stores a bit later this season; one of them will be based on Jean Seberg’s iconic New York Herald Tribune shirt. To satisfy our excitement while we wait for their debut, we’ve put together an Inspiration Board based on the ’60s Parisian style brought to life by one of Godard’s best films. Check out some product suggestions after the jump! [Paper Mag] Keep reading »
During New York Fashion Week, models galavanted down the Rodarte runway in shoes with heels that appeared to be dripping wax. These Nicholas Kirkwood creations echoed the show itself, which boasted a birthday cake-esque pile of burning candles as its central theatrical twist. Since the designers have suggested the models were intended to invoke ghostly apparitions and sleepwalkers, it’s only fitting that melting wax heels that glowed in the dark during the show’s final moments might light their way. After the jump, the heels in action. Keep reading »
As of today, Fashion Week is officially underway, but with the snow and cold temperatures, getting around in New York City is simply treacherous. This weather makes you want to sit on your couch in PJs and catch up on daytime television, doesn’t it? Thankfully, 12 designers (so far!) have plans to embrace the internet during Fashion Week and will livestream their shows online, which means not only is it possible to stay at home to see the new fashions, but for those whose invitation got lost in the mail, it’s still possible to attend. You can watch Marc Jacobs’ celeb-free show on his website, catch Rodarte and Alexander Wang thanks to ShowStudio, and preview the G-Star looks on their Facebook page. It’s fashion meets the tech world, and it’s much, much warmer in here. [My It Things] Keep reading »
When it comes to designing gold medal-worthy Olympic uniforms, why should Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang have all the fun? The New York Times Magazine asked the sisters Mulleavy to design a mini-collection for several star athletes, and teamed them up with photographer Ryan McGinley to create what we can only assume will be one kick-ass portfolio of looks. To research, the designers spoke with each snowboarder, figure skater and what-have-you to address movement concerns and said, “In the end, we attempted to simulate the look of their uniform with techniques and aesthetics that are reflective of Rodarte.” The issue doesn’t come out until this weekend, but imagining, say, flamboyant figure skater Johnny Weir wearing this couture knitted jumpsuit makes us kind of weak in the knees. [T Magazine Blog] Keep reading »
American design gurus Kate and Laura Mulleavy are fashion editor darlings. Now they can add The New Yorker to their list of adoring publications. The sister act behind Rodarte allowed the mag to tail them during their fall 2009 creative process and uncover some personal peculiarities in the process. Check out the 10 things you must know about the Mulleavy sisters after the jump. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »
If shivering from the piercing winter wind doesn’t make you look like a street urchin ready to be thrown in the poor house, the price tag on this sweater will help you get there. Rodarte‘s new men’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony is no lowbrow Tar-jay event. This threadbare piece will set you back a cool $2,760.00. Also, it comes in small for all you rich ladies out there! [Opening Ceremony] Keep reading »
Up top there, a belt (a kind of ugly one at that) from the Rodarte Target collection. Down below, a Sonia Kashuk duffle bag, also manufactured by Target. Hmm … those two look pretty gosh-darn similar in terms of material. Remarked the Racked reporter, who posted the pics, the Kashuk bag “in terms of how the material looks and feels, [is] a dead ringer for the Rodarte belt.” BTW, the reporter also mentioned how crappy the fabric is too. So does that mean that Target is recycling leftover stock? Here’s an interesting ethical question: Does that take something away from the design or even point to self-plagiarism? What about two different high-profile designers creating dresses from the same fabric because they shop at the same trimmings store?