For the Rodarte Fall 2022 RTW collection features tiered cascades of blush tulle worn by Lili Reinhart, the crisp pink suiting donned by Janicza Bravo, the patterned tea dress on Marlee Matlin, and the jeans and legwarmers on Laura Love.
“The fantasy of what we want to do and create is the number one driving force,” demurs Kate Mulleavy, but when the Rodarte fantasy intersects so potently with reality as it does here, the designers’ honestness can feel more relevant than ever.
Ballet has been a long time reference for Kate and Laura Mulleav, the fury of dancers’s fragility and power vibrating in most Rodarte collections. They, of course, famously explored this in their costumes for Black Swan, and the film reconates abstractly in their blush-to-black palette this season.
In between, they make pit stops in bright fuchsia and teal, resurrecting their famous spiderweb knits from fall 2008. “They are practical in a sense that they mold to your body and impractical in the most amazing way,” says Kate of the signature knits.
The original versions—mini tube dresses and long cardigans—are back to the sure joy of many fans, but the sisters aren’t just playing to archive-mania. They’ve also made bustiers and capes in the knit, the latter worn by Lana Condor in a blue look trimmed in feathers.