Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy translated their obsession with sci-fi and some of their most beloved childhood moments into what is being considered one of the brand’s most successful collections to date.
"It's kind of all our memories coming together in something that's expressive," Kate Mulleavy said. "So it wasn't about a specific place, 'cause I think memory is so disjunctive. It was more about kind of piecing together the things that we wanted to build this world out of."
It was clear that the collection would have a sci-fi vibe, with glowing, light saber-esque lights circling the center of the runway at the beginning of the show, flashing and beeping like the sounds of a space shuttle or UFO.
A mix of muted, earthy colors and deep jewel tones in the form of high-waisted sweatpants, knit turtlenecks layered beneath off-the-shoulder tops, and fishtail skirts, accessorized with coordinating slouchy berets, crocheted shawls, and colorful, oversized eyewear designed exclusively for the brand by Oliver Peoples.
The collection’s color palette then transitioned into bright metallic, the standouts being the outerwear—shown in teal, pink, and orange—all with shearling collars, and some with cut-out shoulders. The quirky mix of lace, embroidery, knits, metallic, and fur could have easily come off disjointed, but instead, it all meshed together into a perfect vision of what the Mulleavy sisters, both as people and designers, believe.
The five finale dresses were the most quirky and nostalgic, clad with celestial artwork from Star Wars—including screen prints of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, and C-3PO. The models took their places in the center of the runway to the sound of Sonic Youth’s cover of “Superstar,” displaying their gowns for the audience—completely in awe—to admire.
"We couldn't have done a collection like this and not included Star Wars, Kate Mulleavy, said, explaining that the film was an obsession of hers and her sister’s growing up. "Those films represent for us a time when anything was possible.” Laura Mulleavy added, “And it's so rare that you can use a film still as artwork and have it look like a painting. It's so beautiful."