Gilted at Rodarte. It’s hard to find exactly what Kate and Laura Mulleavy are inspired by; it’s anything from Santa Cruz landscape of Sequoia redwood trees to Japanese samurais and Chinese Ming Dynasty. The collection shows it all. Yet, the collection is cohesive and well thought out . While different from their previous work, there’s certainly a Rodarte feel to it all. And what’s truly spectacular is the amount of detail and intricacy to it all. Each piece is like a work of art with details that match perfectly to the inspiration. The dresses truly look like Ming dynasty vases and redwood trees. There’s samurai armor and gilted angelic gold.
It’s astonishing really. The amount of craftsmanship that goes into it. I’ve seen some incredibly detailed designers, but I believe Kate and Laura Mulleavy truly outshine them all. They can inspired by the most far from fashion things and produce pieces that make me breathless in wonder.