There’s a reason we situate ourselves backstage at Rodarte season after season (in fact, when each New York Fashion Week is a brand new scramble, it’s become our one constant). Aside from our obsession all things Laura and Kate (and their extended girls club of Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, Grimes, Elle Fanning and co.), going to their show you’re always guaranteed, well, a show.
Think of it this way: we love a no-makeup makeup look as much as the next girl and minimalist Phoebe Philo-led look has long been our uniform, but if the catwalk is a stage (and we have to trek through Polar Vortex level temperatures to get there), might as well show us something new, right? Let’s just say that the Mulleavy sisters pretty much nail the dreamy fashion fantasy thing every time. And if we have an all-access pass to watch it all come together? There’s no way we’re missing that.
And once again, we were not disappointed, because as soon as we arrived backstage at their Chelsea venue a full three hours before Anna Ewers opened the show, makeup artist James Kaliardos was already hard at work affixing lines of Swarovski crystals to the models’ lower lash line. And that was just a hint of intricately sequin-spangled, Technicolor and feather-trimmed dresses to come. And okay, so maybe leather hot pants layered over lace leggings aren’t our everyday wear (we’re just emerging from the aforementioned minimalist rut—hold tight, you guys), but the leather leggings, super-deep Vs and swinging, fall-off-the-shoulder anoraks (complete with jewel-tone fur trim) kind of made us want to take it all literally and just go dancing at the Boom Boom Room already. Then again, Rodarte has a history in designing dancing costumes, so we might do just that.