"There was something a bit sickly about the languid silk dress with its roses and heart print, something a bit hothouse about the flowers embroidered on the bust of the sui generis mid-calf frocks, with their appealingly odd, armor-like pleated shoulders. Then things got seriously dark: a sparkly midnight blue hooded cape, black fringe like the tendrils of witches’ hair, cobweb embellishments, a sea of blood red. It was like witnessing the transformation of prey into predator, which was exactly the point."
SS '20, NEW YORK, SEPT 12TH, 2019
S/S '20 COLLECTION
"Through their work with actors and brides, and in film and opera, they have learned to execute impeccable fit and a cunningly light touch with construction that has been lost at more commercial or industrial houses. These clothes are meant to be worn, not simply photographed; they are not costumes. It is little wonder the world’s coolest actresses line up to wear them. At this time in our culture, when to live sustainability we must evaluate the quality of every purchase, Rodarte has shown a winning hand."
- Sally Singer
LOS ANGELES, FEB 5TH, 2019
F/W '19 RUNWAY, LA
"The line the Mulleavys continue to walk in all of their work—fashion, cinema, performance—between hard and soft, tacky and transcendent, erotic and innocent, horror films and heavenly visions, is compelling, challenging, and crazy fun to behold. To borrow from Beyoncé (herself no stranger to musicals and iconicity), Rodarte trades in both sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares. Why turn the lights on?"
NEW YORK,SEPT 9TH, 2018
S/S '19 RUNWAY NYFW
"No one is better at provoking daydreams than Rodarte—it’s impossible to watch one of their shows without fantasizing about the kind of life these looks demand, a life of endless decadence and romance. You could see them as the ghosts of possible selves."
- Maya Singer
PARIS, JANUARY 30, 2018
F/W '18 COLLECTION
"Up close, the luxury of the dresses became microscopically apparent. What seemed to be a print of black dashes on white was actually tiny bows; dots on red tulle were minuscule embroidered roses. It may not have the pomp of Parisian haute couture, but it doesn’t intend to, either. This is a unique, young, very American sensibility; fashion that can transport a whole world with it, and yet is not diminished by being seen among foreign competition. Rodarte is, wonderfully, what Rodarte is."
- Sarah Mower
PARIS, JULY 2, 2017
S/S '18 RUNWAY PARIS
"But mostly there was baby’s breath—yes, real baby’s breath...Models’ hair was covered in it, as were a few of the loveliest dresses, and many of the girls walked the runways dragging massive bouquets of the white fluff behind them. This was perhaps the most Rodarte gesture of the day: to remember and elevate the beauty of something so common, so prevalent, and so deeply associated with the romantic imagination of young women."
- Sally Singer
In 2008, Kate and Laura launched RADARTE, a t-shirt and casual wear collection with a play on the brand name and the word “rad”. This pays homage to their California upbringing.