Party On: Rodarte Debuts New Capsule Collection With an ’80s-Themed Fete

The Pasadena-based label unveils a fun new collaboration with painter Mari Eastman in L.A.

Words by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN

 

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are known for their ultrafemme, fantastical creations and art world inspirations, be it 17th-century virtuoso Elisabetta Sirani, Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night or The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

Naturally, the designing sisters (and Pasadena natives) are no strangers to artist collaborations, the most recent of which was with Los Angeles-based painter Mari Eastman, facilitated through partnership platform Made. The project’s resulting five-piece collection — part of the label’s more accessibly priced Radarte range — comprises T-shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with Eastman’s playful cat portraits and butterfly illustrations.

To mark the new capsule’s debut, Rodarte and Made hosted a 1980s-themed party at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 1. Guests, including Rachel Bilson, Rowan Blanchard, Abigail Cowen and Ireland Baldwin, joined Eastman and the Mulleavys for an evening of retro fun, which included a roller disco fashion show, a nostalgic mini arcade, Jell-O shots and a live performance by The Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs.

The limited-edition line will be available at Fred Segal in West Hollywood through Aug. 14.



Fred Segal, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

 

Feature image: The ’80s-themed RODARTE fashion show. Photo by Stefanie Keenan.

 

Aug. 8, 2019

 

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