Here’s What Rodarte Wants to Know About You

In the latest issue of Lula, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are running the show. As guest editors, they created a Proust-like questionnaire that was answered by a mix of people that included Cindy Sherman and Jason Schwartzman. From “J.D. Salinger or Jack Kerouac?” to “If I gave you a medal right now, what would it be for?”, their lengthy list of questions may seem random, but the answers tell you more about a person than you’d think. Besides, who doesn’t like a good old personality quiz? Although you have to actually buy the issue to see the questionnaire, the rad Fashionista crew has jotted down the list, which you can see after the jump. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to annoying everyone I know with these questions at the next holiday party.

Favorite play? What was your first love? Favorite language? Who is your most loved character in literature? Favorite room? Favorite place to read a book? Favorite place in NY? Favorite color? Favorite painter/painting? Favorite thing to collect? Favorite mystery? Favorite flower? Favorite sea creature? Favorite smell? If I gave you a medal right now, what would it be for? Favorite texture? Favorite flavor? What’s the first thing you think of when I say red? Night or day? Favorite villain? Favorite silent film star? Favorite artist? Molly Ringwald or Ally Sheedy? C.S. Lewis or Freud? Tents or motels? Favorite musical instrument? Thunder or lightning? Tea or coffee? Wine or beer? Lemon or lime? Monday or Friday? February or December? Christmas or Halloween? Rosemary’s Baby or Hannah and Her Sisters? J.D. Salinger or Jack Kerouac? Hats or scarves? Julie Christie or Vanessa Redgrave? Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor? Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart? Las Vegas or Atlantic City? Rain or sun? Spider-Man or Superman? Cats or dogs? Ice cream or sorbet? Beatles or Rolling Stones? Favorite fun fair ride of all time? Favorite sidekick? What are the initials of the last person you kissed? What characteristics do you most envy in others? If you could fly, where is the first place you would go? Have you ever won a medal or a prize—if so, what? What is your secret dream? Favorite season? What is your greatest love? Favorite currency? Favorite city? Favorite imaginary place? Favorite planet? Favorite children’s book? Favorite candy? Favorite name [and it cannot be your own]?

Get Your Black Swan On: Rodarte Sample Sale

As you know, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are the geniuses behind the stunning wardrobe from the fashionably/critically acclaimed film Black Swan. Mark your calendars, crazy ballerinas: this upcoming Thursday, December 16, they’re having a sample sale. Stock up on dresses, shoes, tops, jackets, and skirts, with prices slashed up to 70%. Many items are as low as $100, and dresses start at $300.

This sale is so sought-after, you must RSVP to attend and get the location info. Save your spot now by emailing See you there!

Fashionistas Buzzing Over ‘Black Swan’

While film critics rave over Black Swan’s cinematic quality, fashion lovers are swooning over the stunning wardrobe created by Rodarte’s designer sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy. They also happen to be good friends with the star of the film, Natalie Portman. Rodarte’s darker “Frankenstein”-inspired designs were exactly what the film needed. Natalie introduced the sisters to director Darren Aronofsky, who subsequently asked them to do costume design for the film—and the rest is cinematic history. Kate and Laura designed about 40 costumes for the thriller, including all the knitwear pieces and leotards. Could the Mulleavys be contenders for an Oscar for costume design?

Possibly. While we’re waiting for that, rock another round of wearable versions of Black Swan.

Kate Spade Karlisle Ballet Shoe, $320.


Alice + Olivia Feather Shoulder Dress, $484.


Whistles Evangeline Feather Dress, $603.40.


Charles by Charles David Vale Platform Pump in Nude, $145.


Santiago Gonzalez Launches Men’s Accessories That Women Envy

Papa’s got a brand new bag, and we’re all jealous. Known for designing iconic women’s handbags with an exotic touch, Nancy Gonzalez is now exploring the world of menswear, with the help of her company’s president, Santiago Gonzalez. The collection, named after and inspired by Santiago, includes an impressive range of luxe travel accessories in various shades of crocodile skin. Men have a choice of over 50 (that’s 5-0, seriously) styles that include everything from money clips and zip wallets to weekenders and duffle bags. And each piece is masculine enough to convert man-purse skeptics, but also chic enough to make women fawn.

To toast the collection’s launch, which is sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, an intimate group of designers, actors, and tastemakers gathered this week at the famed Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills for dinner and drinks. I stopped by to congratulate Mr. Gonzalez, who was grinning ear-to-ear as he humbly accepted praise from guests like Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Stephen Dorff, Balthazar Getty, and Sharon Stone (photo of Stone and the guest of honor below). The hit event—hosted by China Chow, the actress, model, and daughter of Mr. Chow owner Michael Chow—is just a prelude to the success that this collection is sure to enjoy.



Shop the Santiago Gonzalez collection here.

Photos courtesy of LaForce + Stevens.

Rodarte to Sell Archives Online

imageRodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are teaming up with West Hollywood boutique Presse to sell a selection of never-before-sold runway looks, says Elle. The collaboration is the debut sale to hit the new “archival sale” section of Presse’s online shop. Meaning: more limited edition, covetable past collections are likely to hit the store’s virtual racks in the future.

In the meantime, expect seven items handpicked by the Mulleavy sisters that will include “a rough crystal necklace their mom designed for the spring ’06 collection, an airy sky blue blazer from spring ’08, and pyramid-studded gloves from fall ’08,” — all of which will no doubt sell out shortly after they become available November 3 at 12 p.m. EST.