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I find Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the sister design duo behind Rodarte, to be an inspiration. They have accomplished so much at such a young age (they are 28 & 29 respectively), even winning the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Their spring 2009 collection seems to be an extension of what they set out to accomplish in their Fall 2008 collection. Here again they mixed hard, edgy, goth-like materials with flowing. I guess they believe in the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, or at the very least they operate under that belief system. 🙂 Truthfully, I like this collection more than I did their fall collection. I love the brighter colors mixed in with white, nude, and black. While the overall aesthetic is the same, the brighter colors give the collection an other-worldly appearance which is what they were aiming for.

In the New York Times article, “Double Vision”, the designers cited, “earth art of the 1960s and ’70s and Robert Smithson’s displaced mirrors reflecting and fracturing the natural world; Nancy Holt’s “Sun Tunnels,” four industrial concrete tubes punctured with holes in the patterns of constellations, in a remote Utah field; and the 2001 cult film “Donnie Darko” as inspiration to their Spring 2009 collection. The models even wore their hair in alien-esque buns covered in silver or gold leaves to complete the “Beautiful Android” look!

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Runway Round Up:

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