Days Before New York Fashion Week, Rodarte Hosts a Hometown Fashion Show

Kate and Laura Mulleavy take the Huntington

Designing sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte’s Pasadena girls made good, originated their ethereal, deconstructed, darkly glamorous clothes here. And with the help of super fan Anna Wintour, they’ve shown on New York and Paris runways ever since. Now they are making Pasadena better: their very first hometown fashion show will take place on Tuesday, February 5, two days before New York Fashion Week kicks off, in—where else— Pasadena. But not just Pasadena—they’re showing fall/winter 2019 collection at the landmark 1920 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, at 2 p.m.

Their first L.A. show—and the first fashion show ever at Huntington gardens, houses rare books and American and European art, like Thomas Gainsborough’s famous painting The Blue Boy.

Yes, celebrities will be on hand (pal Kirsten Dunst? Natalie Portman, whom they dressed for the 2009 and 2011 Oscars?), there will be a sizable (and no doubt well dressed) crowd, and yes, stylists: be on alert for possible couture Oscar gowns, as they can take 150 hours to make one dress. The full runway show will take place the midst of the 120-acre botanical gardens—unless it rains, in which case, the gardens will be domed. It’s the perfect place for their brand of sartorial mysticism—and they’ve partnered with winery JSNQ, which will debut its rose’ cru, so don’t expect afternoon tea.

The pair have dreamt of doing a show there since they could pick up their first needle. Something makes us think we’re going to see a lot of dark florals in this collection.

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