Season after season, the Rodarte sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, have been known to tap into their own well of inspiration — their California roots — to inspire designs. And, like the the softer, sweeping desert vibes and leather fringe of past collections, fall '13 stayed true to the counterculture references. Instantly recognizable by electric tie-dye prints, faded denim, and crowns of braids (hair-inspo overload!), the design duo let their imaginations soar with a futuristic hippie theme that speaks to a free spirit's sartorial side.
As vivid as a Venice Beach mural, the collection balances everyday and experimental style, with silky cropped pants and boxy blazers, high-cut leotards, sexy and sheer jumpsuits with angelic appliqués, and flowing, patterned dresses — the stuff that psychedelic dreams are made of. For a dose of sensory overload, the Mulleavy sisters included wildly colorful gowns that we hope will encourage devoted Rodarte fans — Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst, to name a few — to push the red-carpet limits.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo