>> The First Wave of Costume Institute Gala Intel —Gap may be sponsoring this year's Costume Institute Gala on May 3, but Patrick Robinson won't be dressing co-chair Oprah Winfrey — Oscar de la Renta is doing those honors. Instead, Robinson is focusing on other initiatives — Gap is working with past collaborators Thakoon, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang, plus Sophie Theallet, to "dress the evening's brightest stars," reports Vogue. "Expect to see guests like Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and M.I.A taking in the 'American Woman' exhibition in tulle-trellised and crystal-adorned creations, which will be auctioned afterward at Gap's White Space concept store to benefit the museum." Gap is also launching three shirts in May — the Heiress (and hourglass shape), the ruffled Flapper, and the draped Screen Siren — to coincide with the American Woman theme. [Fashionista, WWD, The Cut, @jimshi809, @jimshi809]
Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy costumed actors for the film Bastard — a Tribeca Film Festival competition short directed by Kirsten Dunst.
Ann-Sofie Back will show her fall 2010 collection and her diffusion line, Back, at Shanghai Fashion Week.
The Wall Street Journal argues the value in high-priced designer sweatpants.
“It’s always our responsibility [as designers] to be challenging — to challenge our customers and to innovate our trade. Otherwise, this one has a line and J. Lo has a line — everybody can have a line and call themselves a designer. But I think that’s kind of demoralizing for our trade.”—Francisco Costa on celebrity designers during a talk at the Cooper-Hewitt museum.
>> Another Fashion Film Planned from Rodarte; Gia Coppola Shoots Video for Zac Posen for Target —Fashion films continue to proliferate — Business of Fashion just put together a list of their top ten for the season — and already, two more are queued up. Last night at the Los Angeles screening for "Aanteni," the short film featuring Guinevere van Seenus that Rodarte did in collaboration with close friend Todd Cole, Cole revealed that he plans to shoot another short for the label next month, featuring the Fall 2010 Rodarte collection. “I never really understand what we do until I see how others interpret our work,” said Kate Mulleavy. “I trust Todd because we see things in the same way, but he takes it to the next level.” Also in attendance was Gia Coppola, who said she just shot a video for Zac Posen's Target collection, to hit the Internet later this month. [WWD]
>> For two consecutive seasons, Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of LVMH's fashion division, has been front row at Rodarte's show. But according to Fashion Week Daily, LVMH may have lost out on being the first to employ Laura and Kate Mulleavy.
The sisters are reportedly in contract negotiations with French furrier Revillon, which Peter Dundas last designed for; the company opted not to show during the most recent Paris Fashion Week due to lack of a designer. The Mulleavys' first collection for Revillon will apparently be shown in July alongside Paris couture. "It's still a huge secret," The Daily's source said. "But the higher-ups at Revillon started pitching it to retailers during Paris Fashion Week."
Brian Phillips, Rodarte's spokesman, denies the reports. "Rodarte is not designing for Revillon."
Inspired by four actresses from Maggie Cheung's films ("Hero," "In the Mood for Love," "Clean," and "Heroic Trio") Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy created the four handmade dresses seen in this Wing Shya-directed video to benefit UNICEF at auction. And, it pays to watch . . . for every click of the short film on YouTube from now until March 31, the retailer Joyce will donate HK$1 to the charity.
The Rodarte sisters also recently announced they have designed ballet costumes for Darren Aronofsky's film, "Black Swan," a thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as competing ballerinas. The movie includes dances from "Swan Lake," for which the Mulleavys designed the stage costumes.
Being a movie buff myself, I've always enjoyed hearing about Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy's obsession with film, especially the horror genre. Here's a cool crossover: Rodarte garb in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas. We don't know many details, except the duo designed ballet costumes for the Swan Lake dance scenes. Remember how they also embraced the Vancouver Winter Olympics in a New York Times editorial? Love me some theatrics.
>> Laura and Kate Mulleavy Designed Ballet Costumes For Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Film—After Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy signed with WME last September to explore entertainment opportunities, it was only a matter of time before their work showed up on film. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan seems a good fit, not only because of the Mulleavys' love for horror films (Black Swan is a thriller), but because Natalie Portman, who attended the Fall 2010 Rodarte show, stars alongside Mila Kunis. The movie features scenes from "Swan Lake," for which the Mulleavys designed ballet costumes. [WWD]
Kate Moss, styled by Emmanuelle Alt in nothing at all, poses for Mario Sorrenti and Vogue Hommes Spring 2010.
"A great passion for our job runs into the family, but we do also know that this is not the most important thing in the world, so we live our lives with lots of irony and detachment, since, after all, it’s just clothes. We work to live better and not the opposite and there’s no point in earning more than you can spend. I guess this approach saved us from making mistakes that have been fatal to other fashion houses or designers."—Margherita Missoni on lessons learned from the family business.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy are working on a film called Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as competing ballerinas.
Alexander McQueen's ashes are to be scattered on the Isle of Skye, where his father was born. "Alexander was back and forward all over the world, but he felt at home when he was in Scotland," he brother told the Evening Standard.
Newcomer and Alice in Wonderland star, Mia Wasikowska, attended the indie festivities in a gray dress by Rodarte. Contrasting the lighter hue are opaque black tights and simple pumps. No jewels needed since the frock says it all. What's the verdict?Vote on all of my Independent Spirit Awards polls here!
Fall is always about bundling up, but Fall 2010 ditched ladylike and attacked extreme coziness — cocoon cozy, to be exact. Phillip Lim kept his sweaters cropped with extra long sleeves, Rad Hourani took his collars up, way up, and the Rodarte sisters opted for light colors and major fuzz. Other knits were oversized, and included rounded hems and large hoodies.
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