January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunite for Rodarte lookbook

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and…

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.

The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to appear in the spring/summer 2020 campaign for their fashion label.

Posing in front of a painted landscape background, one portrait shows January and Kiernan standing side-by-side while sporting strapless silk floral gowns and with white pearls dotted throughout their hair, while another sees them posing in dramatic ballgowns.

Taking to Instagram to upload the images, January wrote alongside one of the snaps, “Casual family portraits are so back in.”

And the photographs caught the attention of the pair’s former Mad Men co-stars, with Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Holloway, noting, “When was this?!! So dreeeeeeemy (sic),” and Alison Brie, who portrayed Trudy Campbell, posting, “HOLY. S**T.”

However, January and Kiernan aren’t the only celebrities to appear in Rodarte’s latest imagery, with actresses Kirsten Dunst, Margaret Qualley, Gabrielle Union, Lili Reinhart, Helena Howard, Rowan Blanchard, and Yalitza Aparicio, as well as Haim musicians Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, rapper Kilo Kish, and singer-songwriter King Princess also featuring.

The photoshoot was helmed by photographer Daria Kobayashi Ritch and styled by Shirley Kurata and Ashley Furnival. Regarding the decision to unveil portraits rather than a runway presentation, Laura told Vogue that they wanted to merge their interests in fashion and art.

“As we’ve become more confident and comfortable in our design voice and really seeing what our personality is within the design world, it’s been really nice to think artistically about creating a world behind each collection,” she shared.

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim take final bow at Kenzo show

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday. Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented th…

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday.

Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented their final co-ed collection for the company during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday.

Leon shared footage of him and Lim running down a hallway at the AccorHotels Arena on their way to the show and posted in the Instagram caption, “Running with my partner in crime for the last @kenzo show in Paris!!!! Such a fun ride and to do it with your best friend is unreal. We are running because our shows have always been a complicated machine and have never made it easy for us. We have always done it for us. #thecarolandhumbertoera.”

In the comments, the Opening Ceremony founders received praise from fellow designer Marc Jacobs, who wrote, “Congratulations you two! So many beautiful things you’ve done over the years. So inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for giving me and us all your energy and vision.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Chance the Rapper and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne also sent them congratulatory messages.

After the show, Lim posted a photo of herself and Leon hugging, and added, “On repeat in my mind ‘don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry’. We did it! Congrats @humberto and our team at @kenzo for an amazing chapter in the history of the brand. So proud of everything we did and will cherish every memory.”

Singer Solange Knowles composed the musical score for the fashion show and performed her song I’m a Witness before walking down the runway with her orchestra to greet Lim and Leon for the final bow.

Lim took to Instagram to heap praise on Beyonce’s sister by sharing side-by-side snaps of her at their debut Kenzo presentation in 2011 and their final one, and wrote, “You have been with me and @humberto at @kenzo from the beginning! Thank you Solange @saintrecords for being there then and now and for making tonight a moment in cultural history!!! (love) you forever and always.”

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Tessa Thompson thrilled with futuristic gown for Men in Black: International premiere

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out…

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.

The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City for the film’s debut in a silver Rodarte dress with high-low hemline.

Taking to Instagram to share a slideshow of images of her posing on the black carpet, Tessa thanked Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy for embracing her vision and supporting her over the years.

“@Rodarte dressed me for my first big premiere years ago & 4 last night’s debut of @mib_international they made this dress special for me. Luv u (sic) so much @kateandlauramulleavy . Endless thanks. & to the dreamy team that got me ready,” the 35-year-old wrote in the caption.

Tessa topped off her look with silver platform heels and a moon-shaped purse from Judith Leiber, while her make-up artist gave her a slick of iridescent eyeshadow on her lids.

Accordingly, Kate and Laura shared their excitement over the look too, commenting on the post, “We love you Tessa!!!!!!!! You are magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of Tessa’s celebrity pals too, with La La Anthony writing, “Beyond,” with a string of fire emojis, and her Creed co-star Michael B. Jordan commenting, “Such a fan!”

Tessa’s Men in Black: International co-star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of Agent H, also attended the event, looking handsome in a Dolce & Gabbana suit, while the actor’s wife Elsa Pataky rocked a white Armani ensemble.

Men in Black: International opens in cinemas from 13 June.

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Rodarte designers: ‘Natalie Portman’s 2011 Oscars look was a special moment’

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers. The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers.

The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their favourite celebrity dresses for a new Harper’s Bazaar U.S. feature, and selected the purple off-the-shoulder gown Natalie wore when she appeared at the 2011 Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for Black Swan.

The Mulleavys had designed the costumes for the psychological thriller as well as all the red carpet outfits for it, so having Natalie, who was pregnant with her first child Aleph the time, take home the trophy while dressed in Rodarte was the perfect end to that project.

“Making the gown for Natalie’s Academy Award appearance for Black Swan was a pinnacle moment in a two-year journey we took with her,” said Laura. “From making the ballet costumes for the film, to making the principle character costumes for her character, to making dresses and gowns for the premiere events for the film, and being a friend we were able to create an Oscar gown that celebrated her iconic and brilliant performance.”

Kate added, “Seeing her nominated and winning at the Oscars was one of the most special moments of our career.”

For the feature, the siblings also picked a few designs that hit the red carpet earlier this year, such as Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s orange Golden Globes dress, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscars gown, and Brie Larson’s star-studded dress for the premiere of Captain Marvel.

“It was so thrilling to create a custom gown for our friend’s premiere,” commented Kate of Brie’s look. “Brie worked tirelessly to create this character and seeing the culmination of all her hard work and diligence on opening night was overwhelming.”

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Rodarte teams with Universal Standard on capsule collection

Rodarte has partnered with Universal Standard on a limited-edition capsule line.California-based sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are known for their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic, are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with brand…

Rodarte has partnered with Universal Standard on a limited-edition capsule line.

California-based sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are known for their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic, are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with brands such as Gap, Target, and Coach in the past.

Now, the duo has teamed with the designers at inclusive fashion label Universal Standard on a ready-to-wear collection, with pieces available in U.S. sizes 00-40.

“We are excited to partner with Universal Standard to create this amazing collection. We are passionate about working with women that inspire us creatively and we love every style in this collection,” said Kate in a statement, while Laura added: “We have been fans of Universal Standard from the beginning. It’s been a dream to bring our designs to life and to collaborate with the team on this capsule. We are so excited to see how the pieces will be styled and experienced by all the amazing women that wear them.”

The range includes a jumpsuit, a dress with frill detail on the hem, and top with dramatic neck detailing.

Pieces are available in a colour palette of black, white, red, and rose, with Polina Veksler, Universal Standard co-founder and chief executive officer, pleased with the way the garments bridge the gap between high fashion and elevated essentials.

“We believe size should be an irrelevant consideration for women when making fashion choices,” she shared. “Through this collaboration we are taking a step toward giving more women access to designer clothing and we are thrilled to be further expanding our mission by collaborating with a high fashion brand.”

The Rodarte x Universal Standard collection retails for $150-$240 (£115-£184) and is available to buy from Universal Standard’s website and at the company’s New York boutique.

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Laura Mulleavy talks enduring influence of cinema on Rodarte’s designs

Rodarte designer Laura Mulleavy credits Hollywood’s influence as shaping her as a designer.The California-based fashion star, who co-founded and runs the label with her sister Kate Mulleavy, is big on movies, which she is certain is down to her life gr…

Rodarte designer Laura Mulleavy credits Hollywood’s influence as shaping her as a designer.

The California-based fashion star, who co-founded and runs the label with her sister Kate Mulleavy, is big on movies, which she is certain is down to her life growing up just next to Tinseltown.

She and Kate once considered moving their brand to America’s fashion capital, New York, but U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour convinced them to stay put.

“Overall, I think there’s always been a strong fashion community in Los Angeles; it’s just been through a different lens,” Laura told The Hollywood Reporter. “We have (James) Galanos and Rudi Gernreich and Bob Mackie, and then you have the history of Hollywood costume design, which is so profound on fashion in general. I always looked to film as something that really affected my view of design and my aesthetic.”

As for which films had a lasting impact on Laura, she insisted that the work of horror director Alfred Hitchcock comes out on top. It was the designer’s mother who introduced her to cinema at a young age, and she has been enthralled with it ever since.

“Hitchcock was a big part of my understanding of fashion design and Hollywood,” she explained. “Vertigo was shot at places I used to go to and I know the areas in San Francisco where The Birds (was shot).

“It’s the same thing in L.A. The street corner in Pasadena is Michael Myers’ house (from Halloween). You know the city through these locations in cinema. Because we responded so much to the visual styling of film, fashion just became a part of what Los Angeles is to us. When you see incredible costumes in a film, it’s a very powerful thing that you never get out of your head.”

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Rodarte designers want to see more women leading fashion houses

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy want to see more women leading high fashion houses.The California-born sisters founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Swi…

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy want to see more women leading high fashion houses.

The California-born sisters founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Swift. 

In spite of the design duo’s ongoing success, they claim to have never been approached by executives at any other couture companies regarding creative director gigs and find it interesting that these types of roles are still largely dominated by men.

“There are very few houses led by women, and I think that’s unfortunate,” said Laura in an interview for InStyle magazine. “The few women I see in those positions worked really long and hard to get there, and I don’t see that with our male counterparts. Someone does one cool collection as a young male designer and they are in a house. We can all leave it to our imaginations as to why that is.”

Even though the Mulleavys haven’t been asked about joining another house or potentially taking on other collaborations, Kate is adamant they would be “amazing” at anything they put their minds to.

For instance, they made their joint feature directorial debut with Woodshock, a psychological thriller which was released in 2017 and starred Kirsten Dunst, and have continued to develop their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic with their clothes, having held their fall/winter 2019 show in Los Angeles in February (19).

“It’s romantic and feminine, and there’s an underlying edge to it, something that’s off,” added Laura of their designs. “We’re always looking at the ideas of traditional beauty and non-traditional beauty and how they can be seen together.”

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Brie Larson gushes over stunning Captain Marvel premiere gown

Brie Larson has gushed over the gorgeous gown she wore to the Captain Marvel premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night (04Mar19).The Oscar-winning actress posed up a storm on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre for the launch of the Marvel Studios superh…

Brie Larson has gushed over the gorgeous gown she wore to the Captain Marvel premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night (04Mar19).

The Oscar-winning actress posed up a storm on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre for the launch of the Marvel Studios superhero film, in which she plays lead character Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel.

For the event, Brie opted for a nude gown featuring white lace with a star pattern, with the ensemble specially created for her by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

“I will never forget tonight,” she captioned a snap of her at the event on her Instagram page. “It was a dream come true to wear a custom @rodarte dress made with so much love by my sisters @kateandlauramulleavy – they have inspired me over and over to be the best artist I can be. Thank you Kate. Thank you Laura. I love you so much!”

Brie was joined by a number of her co-stars at the premiere, including Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the feature’s directors, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

In addition, she thanked the 100 members of the U.S. Air Force who attended, as well as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who did a flyover outside the venue.

“I’ve got all the feelings. I’m grateful to everyone I met this evening. Thank you to our cast! And crew! The fans and amazing cosplayers! The service women and men from the military! And a special thank you to @afthunderbirds for the flyover! I know it wasn’t just for the film, but for Cajun – the big cat!!! Running out of words to express my gratitude. Higher further faster baby!” the 29-year-old added.

Other celebrities to step out at the Captain Marvel premiere included Pom Klementieff, McKenna Grace, Halsey and Iskra Lawrence.

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Rodarte to hold fall 19 presentation in Los Angeles

Rodarte is heading back to Los Angeles for its fall 2019 presentation. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Tayl…

Rodarte is heading back to Los Angeles for its fall 2019 presentation. 

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Swift.

While the California-born design duo have held shows in Paris and New York in recent years, they have now announced that they are returning to their home state for their next show.

“California is one of our most important influences and having our first show in Los Angeles is a dream we’ve long wished to make reality,” Kate and Laura said in a statement to Vogue.com.

The pair added that they will be collaborating on the show with Alex de Betak of fashion production company Bureau Betak and Brian Phillips of public relations company Black Frame.

They will also be teaming with bosses at California’s JNSQ wines, and plan to serve guests with an “elegant rose cru”.

No other details about the show, including location or date, have been announced. However, the event is likely to take place in either late January or before the Fashion Week shows kick off in New York, London, Paris and Milan in February.

Kate and Laura showed their spring 2019 collection during New York Fashion Week in September (18).

The season prior they decided to forgo a traditional runway presentation and instead showcased the fall/winter 2018 range with a series of portraits of Hollywood stars in the garments.

Portraits featured the likes of Kirsten, who used the photographs to confirm her pregnancy, actress Tessa Thompson and singer Grimes.

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New Rodarte exhibition set to open in Washington, D.C.

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portm…

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley.

The new retrospective will showcase Rodarte’s haute couture costumes and red carpet-worthy gowns. Arranged over the museum’s second floor, a total of 90 looks from 18 collections will be on display, including costumes made for Oscar-winning film Black Swan, and 2017 drama Woodshock, which the sisters also directed.

“It took about a year to pull everything out (from our collections) and decide which pieces to place in the exhibit,” Laura told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was interesting to go through that process, to see all that work over time.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday (10Nov18), and will be on until 10 February 2019.

The museum will also be running special events in conjunction with the showcase, including a Rodarte-inspired crafting event, a workshop on fashion illustration, and screenings of both Black Swan and Woodshock.

“Rodarte burst onto the scene in 2005, taking the fashion and art worlds by surprise with their deeply personal and conceptual approach to fashion design,” guest curator Jill D’Alessandro of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said. “Rodarte the exhibition explains the distinctive design, material concerns and recurring themes that position the Mulleavys at the intersection of contemporary art and fashion.”

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