Rodarte and Swarovski Team for a Hypnotic Film Set at the Beach

Everywhere we look it’s fall/winter 2015. There’s an Arctic Blast bursting down on us from the frigid skies, and black ice is something we’re contending with every time we step outside. Who could use a break from all that?

Rodarte teamed with Swarovski for a short film to show the glimmering beauty of Rodarte’s spring 2015 collection (with crystals adorning the gowns by Swarovski.) Set in and around a beach house, this short film by Elle Muliarchy is just the visual xanax we need. Take a minute and enjoy the film below.

Insta-Critic: Rodarte Makes Formal Cool

Rodarte sent out the kind of collection that makes a girl dream of having places to go. Each and every look was the type that inspires fantasies on nights on the town, in the sparkly minis and the colorful sequined striped gowns. Topped off with a leather bomber and a pop of colorful fur (a trend seen more than we can count!), these looks would make any woman feel like the belle of the ball.

 

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FIERCE.

Just a peek of thigh between the mini and the boots.

We can all agree that these swarovski crystals as under-liner are winning the games, yes?

Spotted: the sweetest dress ever at @officialrodarte. #NYFW – @cindi_leive

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A more angelic look from Rodarte.

These Dogs Are Chicer than You

Snoopy and Belle wear Isabel Marant

Snoopy and his sister Belle have wardrobes so chic they’re on display at the New Museum.

Some of my favorite fashion week moments are those that pay homage to fashion with a bit of light-heartedness. They are at once abundant and not-abundant, and sometimes they’re kind of destroyed by seeming like little more than Instagram-bait. There was, however, something decidedly unpretentious and in fact, adorable about #SBIF (that’s Snoopy and Belle–Snoopy’s sister, who knew?–in Fashion) a small exhibit I went to see at the New Museum’s Sky Room.

Snoopy (Charlie Brown’s pup) came into the world in 1950–two days into the premiere of Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts series. In 1968, Snoopy became a soft, cuddly toy, produced by Determined Productions and by the 1980’s fans were requesting clothes for their Snoopy stuffed animals. Connie Boucher who worked at Determined decided to reach out to the highest-end couture houses. Schulz was amazed that such famed designers were willing to lend their talent, but indeed they did. Snoopy was one chic beagle. Thirty years later, Snoopy and his sis have done some collecting to say the least.

In fact, it’s so fab that if I had Belle’s wardrobe, waking up for fashion week each day would be far less stressful. Outfitted by Anna Sui to Rodarte, J. Mendel to Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant to Costello Tagliapietra, the siblings are impeccably fashioned and look dashing in each iteration. The exhibit is a testament to the weird and wonderful whimsy that keep fashion fun.

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Snoopy and Belle in casual vintage Chanel

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Decked out in Versace

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Majorly envious of these Rodarte ensembles

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Super on trend with headwear this season — in Philip Treacy

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Rodarte Dresses ‘Don Giovanni’ With Over 130,000 Swarovski Crystals

As if Rodarte wasn’t fancy enough. After the success of the LA-founded fashion house’s stunning costumes for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (which they didn’t get full credit for, but still) and their couture installation at LACMA, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has tapped them to design the costumes for their latest production, Don Giovanni. Naturally, designer sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy are doing it big for the gig. 

According to WWD, Rodarte has teamed up with luxury jeweler Swarovski to design six showpieces for the opera—including "the headpieces, gowns and wigs of characters Donna Elvira, Zerlina and Donna Anna"—that reportedly feature "over 130,000 Swarovski Elements." For real. Sketches of the costumes are currently making the rounds on Rodarte’s Facebook page

If you find yourself in the LA area and want to see Rodarte’s sparkly things in the flesh (but from the nosebleed section since tickets are selling out fast), hit up the Walt Disney Concert Hall today through May 26. 

Karlie! Kirsten! Tavi! Inside Rodarte’s Exclusive After Party

Last night’s Rodarte NYFW after party at ACME was the nightlife version of their delicious spring 2013 runway show. Filled with a colorful crowd of festive partygoers (sporting Rodarte, of course), the exclusive event called to range of It girls and boys that love Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s intricate creations as much as they love the girls themselves. From Rodarte besties (and former BlackBook stars) like actress Kirsten Dunst and teen blogger Tavi Gevinson to runway regulars like Karlie Kloss and Aline Weber, guests arrived promptly for the night’s main event: a song and cake surprise for birthday girl, Laura. See some party snaps (and a video of said surprise) after the jump.

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Partygoers in Rodarte, starring Tavi Gevinson (center).

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Delicious libations provided by Belvedere Vodka.

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Spring 2013’s most in-demand model, Karlie Kloss (center).

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Rodarte favorite Kirsten Dunst chatting it up with designer Laura Mulleavy.

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Mid-dance party, birthday babe Laura Mulleavy was surprised with a festive fruit cake and cheering crowd. I attempted to capture the adorable moment via Viddy here.

Here’s a Closer Look at Rodarte’s New Sand Art Heel

Only the Mulleavy sisters could make a ’90s arts and crafts staple cool again. For their first foray into footwear, the ridiculously innovative designers behind Rodarte filled heels with layers of colored sand, inspired by "the amazing layers of earth in the landscape."

They tell Marie Claire that their fall/winter 2012 range was heavily inspired by Australian landscapes, which is why the lot of outerwear and separates include warm tones and multiple textures. In addition to sand art, their debut heels are made of molden resin and feature an embellished fabric piece on the front. Although there’s no word on pricing, you can score them (or at least fawn over them in the flesh) at Iris NYC.

In honor of the their retro revival, I’ve compiled a list of throwback crafts/games/stuff for them to use as inspiration for their next collection, free of cost:

Puffy Paint:

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Mood Rings:

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The Bedazzler:

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Lava Lamps:

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All White Everything – The Beauty Trend Emerging from #NYFW

Of the trends to emerge on the runways, some of the most fun are the beauty looks; there’s no waiting until February to try on what you’ve seen. Beauty is relatively low cost, It’s easy to change it, and if you hate it, wash it off. That’s why beauty trends are the greatest to experiment with, and the newest trial on the to do list applies perfectly in a few places but in one color: white.

In its most elegant iteration, Tom Pecheux dusted models at Altuzarra with shine-free white powder from lash to brow, paired in a trés français way with a sophisticated red lip. Clean, modern, and good on anyone, regardless of skin tone or age.
 
In keeping with the wild theme at Rodarte, hair stylist Odile Gilbert stenciled zebra stripes in white and black to strands—certainly a more outrageous iteration of the trend. It might be smart to enlist a partner for help with this one, and probably even smarter to avoid it completely. 
 
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Kate Spade, ever the quirky-sweet designer to show at New York Fashion Week, again presented her gals with a white nail, the tip of which was accompanied by a pink stripe and grey end. Eyes were lined graphically and dramatically with white on the bottom lash and inner corners, with black on top to ground it all: a little Twiggy, a little ‘60s, and a little loud. 
 
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At Tibi, the look was made easy and wearable in two ways. For nails, Jin Soon painted white manicures with black lines—symbols travelers used in the ‘20s to say “All Right.”  The color, which was actually an extremely subtle blue-grey-white, reads white without reading harsh, helping it steer clear of White Out territory. Eyes were softly lined in white as well, and surprisingly, the look didn’t scream 2002.  The whole look, which was a whole lot of white, seems like it’ll translate well to real life. 
 
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#NYFW: Tuesday in Review

J.Crew went to its roots for spring 2014. A schoolboy blazer here, a printed pant there. The J.Crew DNA was definitely present, though the styling was more toned down – safer – than it’s been recently, and a little more straightforward.  The best parts were the Sophia Webster shoes that’ll be available at J.Crew come spring.

For spring, the Rodarte woman takes her cues from the ‘80s and good old rock ‘n’ roll. The Mulleavy sisters went wild with the animal prints, throwing zebra, leopard, and even a scorpion in for good measure. Fringe and grommets finalized the ‘80s reference, while bra tops gave good East L.A. chola girl. In a (hyphenated) word: ‘80s-urban-rocker. Wearable? Depends on your occupation. 

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The ever beautiful and sophisticated Oscar de la Renta started his show out with a stately opera coat and black and white gingham separates that evolved into lots of lace. Voluminous blouses held the Flamenco dancer influence that was echoed in the hair. 

No one else at the New York shows has ordered such an elegant updo, accentuated by an enamel floral pin. Ultimately the show developed into an explosion of florals: floral embroidery, florals over Swiss dots, and this coral number:

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Wes Gordon showed his collection in action on the runway for the first time this season. His sleek yet still relaxed silhouettes echoed ‘90s simplicity, where a sharp execution did that easy-wearing thing we’re all striving for these days. Cool pairings of lace-trimmed tees and an airy hounds tooth skirt were just as covetable as the tissue weight knits over Swiss dot dresses. Slip dresses boasted slightly more structure than their forbearers. 

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We got the ‘90s feel but with updated fabrics and even more flattering cuts.

Two days more! Keep up with the coverage at  www.motorola.com/us/home for more.

Would You Like to Receive Intimate Emails from Rodarte and Lena Dunham?

If eavesdropping on private emails from powerful people excites you, sign up for Miranda July’s new project, WE THINK ALONE. Commissioned by Magasin 3 Stockholm Kunsthall for its On the Tip of My Tongue exhibition, the intriguing initiative only exists in your inbox, where a themed email will be sent to you on each Monday between July 1 through November 11. By the end of the project, you’ll have collected ten candid notes from notables like Girls star Lena Dunham, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  

"I’m always trying to get my friends to forward me emails they’ve sent to other people — to their mom, their boyfriend, their agent — the more mundane the better," the stylish actress/artist explains. "How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene — a glimpse of them from their own point of view. WE THINK ALONE has given me the excuse to read my friends’ emails and the emails of some people I wish I was friends with and for better or worse it’s changed the way I see all of them. I think I really know them now."

In addition to the three mentioned collaborators, other email writers include actress Kirsten Dunst, Canadian writer Sheila Heti, Israeli writer Etgar Keret, American photographer Catherine Opie, Canadian-American theoretical physicist Lee Smolin and Danish-Vietnamese contemporary artist Danh Vo. 

Want in? Submit your email addy here now to receive the first note, which July reveals is "an email about money," on July 1st.