Hot mommy Angie Harmon is usually so pretty on the red carpet, so to see her so severe is, well, different. At the 2009 Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards last night, the actress wore a loose-fitting maroon dress, but what comes next is questionable. She completed her look with Rodarte's thigh-high gray boots from Fall '09. The boots are super futuristic, but I'm not sold on them with that dress. What do you think?
The last couple of days have been some of the most experimental of the week. If you've seen the makeup and hair at Marc Jacobs's runway show you know what I'm talking about. While I'm excited to see designers innovating, I'd also like to showcase looks that are achievable without a team of brilliant makeup artists present. So along with the big, cool-to-look-at shows, I've put together some of the prettiest, most accessible looks from the last couple of days. Click through and see for yourself. (And in case you missed them the first time around, be sure to check out my favorites from days one and two and days three through five.)
When I first saw the photos from Rodarte's runway show, I couldn't help but be immediately drawn to the swirly, geometric arm tattoos worn by the models on the runway. It was a little bit Xena: Warrior Princess and Kat Von D combined. Fab was on the fence about the clothing, inspired by California condors, but as for that well-thought-out tribalesque arm makeup, I was definitely impressed. MAC Senior Artist Chantel Miller, who designed the look, was influenced by the Māori people, an indigenous group in New Zealand. "The idea for the tattoos stemmed from [designers] Kate and Laura’s desire to celebrate makeup as art not only for the face, but also for the body in a similar way that Indian culture uses henna. They want women to look at makeup as an accessory for an outfit the way you would a bracelet or a necklace," said Miller.
To find out more about the tattoos, just keep reading.
As reported earlier, Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a line-up of battle-worn women painted in tribal tatoos for spring 2010. Today the talented sisters of Rodarte gave Dazed Digital a rundown of what exactly they were thinking in designing such fierce collection.
Inspired by a trip with Johnson Hartig of Libertine to California's Death Valley, Kate and Laura started "imagining this empty house, like what would be left behind. So we imagined this woman who was stranded and mangled and burnt alive, and then being reborn as a Californian condor. What we wanted to say was that this person could tell a story. Their bodies would be a physical transformation, there would be scars everywhere. So that’s where the tattoos on the body come in. And the idea of having hair that looked like it still had ash on it."
Side note: MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with Kate and Laura for a month finalizing the full-sleeve, half-sleeve and neck tattoo designs, and a team of 40 MAC artist worked for over four hours to ink each model on the day of the Rodarte show.
To build the collection, they began by burning, staining and sandpapering all types of expensive fabrics, then spent two months hand braiding leather, plastic and macramé to piece together the look of a stranded woman in the middle of the desert. Ultimately, said the sisters, "it's about empowerment and survival and coming up stronger for it." [Dazed Digital]
Rodarte continues to be a hot ticket at New York Fashion Week. With a unique point of view and celebrity cheerleader Kirsten Dunst, their next moves are closely monitored. I'm always intrigued by their inspirations — in the past it's been Japanese horror movies and Star Wars. For Spring, the Mulleavy sisters took a trip to Death Valley, hence their dusty palette and rugged trimmings. Laura referenced freaky, dark feathery friends: "California condors, the big, bald, black vultures that faced extinction in the late '80s." Aside from the black sand on the runway, the interpretation wasn't too literal — tribal tattooed arms provide some voodoo mystique. Rodarte partnered with Nicholas Kirkwood on their always intense shoes. I'm on the barbwire fence with this once, what about you? Don't forget to check out all of our New York Fashion Week coverage and follow my Fashion Week adventures on Twitter!
Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented a parade of post-apocalyptic warrior princesses for their spring 2010 Rodarte collection.
Opening the show was section of short dresses with twisted plaid and raw-edged fabric followed by a trio of longer black gothic dresses and a pair of skinny black rocker pants—the former embellished with feathers and strips of leather binding the arms and neck, and the latter with silver zippers and cut outs along the thigh and calf. A beautiful red and black tie-dye section seemed slightly less intimidating, delicately pieced together with strands of spidery wool (reminiscent of Rodarte's fall 2008 cobweb knits), braided belts, and ruched leather.
The Mulleavy sisters are expected to be among the most forward-thinking designers to show during New York Fashion Week and, for this, they did not disappoint. Today they proved why Rodarte remains one of the most highly anticipated and exciting shows of the season.
>> Laura Mulleavy told WWD she didn't sleep last night because she was so nervous about the Rodarte show — inspired by the singed Death Valley and "mangled and tattered" black vultures — today, but she had nothing to fear. The room was packed for her and her sister Kate's Spring 2010 collection debut; crunchy black sand was on the floor, dry ice smoke filled the room, and a musky scent wafted through the room as part of a collaboration with fragrance company Firmenich. The first look emerged from the silver cave opening-like set, all plaid and burnt cheesecloth. Following behind was lots of black, some feathers . . . deconstructed looks with tie dye and raw hems and patchwork. Every model had her arms painted with makeup to appear like tribal tattoes, goth lips, and their hair wrapped in webbed wool.
Tavi of Style Rookie, the Mulleavys' muse, was front row, Nicholas Kirkwood did the heels again, causing one tumble and a trip by Karlie Loss, and frequent Rodarte collaborator Autumne de Wilde was backstage filming a Rodarte movie. Full play-by-play here.
>> Rodarte's Spring 2010 collection is scheduled to debut in about 35 minutes, and already clues to what we'll be seeing are popping up from backstage. The hair is wrapped with netted wool (below), and the clothes are apparently the same texture, reports Grazia. Fashionista says the theme is "organic Native American" — the invites were made of sand — and the models are all tattooed.
To keep the clothes a secret, the models all have to wear full black capes if they want to go outside, and as rumored, they're shooting a Rodarte film. Signs are everywhere backstage reading "by entering these premises you agree to be filmed for the Rodarte film."
>> Jason Wu, Daisy Lowe Collaborate on Jewelry with Swarovski —Every season, Swarovski sponsors a handful of shows, and they're currently exhibiting some of the crystal-encrusted designs by Rodarte, Jason Wu, Julian Louie, threeASFOUR, Jeremy Laing, and Costello Tagliapietra at the New York store on 499 Broadway. This season, Wu is unveiling his jewelry for Atelier Swarovski (peek at left), based on the "concept of sculpting with everyday objects, so I'm using fabric and crystals and making sculptures in that spirit." And Daisy Lowe is also working on a 4-piece line (a necklace, bracelet, ring, and a set of earrings), which comes out in January: "They're kind of magical in a dark romantic way. I've incorporated black and white, star and moon crystals and multiple strands of chains." [Style.com, W Editor's Blog]