The Mulleavy sisters have been steadily gathering a legion of fans ever since Rodarte's first hand-made collection in 2005, but their ranks seem to have exploded following the presentation of the Pasadena native's S/S 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week.
Continuing their obsession with the damaged and deconstructed (see last season's vampire movie bloodstained shreds...) this latest offering was a futuristic, Max Max-esque collection of intricately decomposed pieces. Gothik warrior at times, glamorous castaway at others; their mish-mash of bondaged tribalism has recieved - for good reason - high praise for technical wizardry and entering dangerous fashion water (global eclecticsm) and pulling it off with aplomb.
Style notes include a plethora of patchworked materials, awkwardly perfect twists, drapes, high hemlines, pallid make up and leather latticing. Also, expect to see East London party kids covered in Sharpie ethnic tattoos in homage on every street style blog as of today.
On a gritty catwalk replete with a toxic neon mist, Rodarte showed us an apocalyptic Californian fashion future.
In like, a totally good way.