NYFW Spring 2017: Rodarte

This season brings an intricate, floral collection inspired by bees and pollen, accented with harder-edged studding

By The LifeMinute Team

September 15, 2017

Sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy--designers of Rodarte--used bees and pollen as inspiration for their most recent show.

This season the L.A.-born duo, who count Kirsten Dunst and Kiera Knightley among their devotees, are also focusing on filmmaking. After becoming involved with the entertainment business in 2010 when the collaborated on the costumes for the movie Black Swan, they recently wrote their own script called Woodshock.

Artistic Inspiration

"We were inspired by many things but they kind of all linked together in our minds. One was bees and pollen. We used a lot of embroidery that's meant to look like pollen, like intricate, delicate small flowers. There's also a lot of hand beading. One of our coats in the show has a collar completely covered in all of these hand studs which is beautiful too," says Laura Mulleavy.

Movie Making

"I'm excited about their clothes and am also very excited about them as filmmakers so I'm looking forward to seeing their vision. It's been really exciting for me to sort of see fashion from a visionary filmmaking, large-mind Fosse-esque point of view. I've really been enjoying that," says actress Natasha Lyonne.

Beauty Bests

As for the hair and makeup inspiration, Mulleavy says that the team's goal was deconstructing, "the keys to looking youthful."

"We're using peachy pink high up on the cheek, opal on the lid and then a peachy pink lip. It was sort of shiny and perfect," explains makeup artist James Kaliardos.

"As for hair, we were basically doing a side part. We want the hair to look soft and natural. We want this girl to look beautiful. We're here to make it magic," says renowned hairstylist Odile Gilbert.

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