Rodarte’s Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy are among American fashion’s expats showing in the City of Light for the first time. In their Paris debut, the sisters delivered froth of the most beguiling sort. If any latent twinge of pragmatism dared invade their design process (which is doubtful), it was squelched by ardent weaponry — clouds of pastel tulle and lace, and a veritable field of baby’s breath, its bounty broken into multiple tiny bouquets sprinkled through the models’ hair and secured with metal bows by Odile Gilbert.
The show was inspired in part by Robert Altman’s “3 Women,” Laura Mulleavy said backstage. But, she added, references to the trio — dreamer, artist and intellectual — were abstract and organic, and the overall mood, signature. “We were saying that this is really an evolution of us doing what we do.”
She nailed it. This collection epitomized the designers doing what they do — glamorous, glorious and weird. Fearless, too, their models a band of otherworldly creatures done up in complicated, gentle dresses while traversing the cold stone floor en route to their natural home just past the arches — a lush garden. It was a combination of beauty and eeriness in the