Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.
To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.
A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.
To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.
Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.
Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.
Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.
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