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August 27 2014

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Standing around with the rodarte sisters

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Rodarte sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy would like their fans to take a stand. Literally: The duo’s show at the Gagosian Gallery yesterday was a cheap seat-free zone, and with most of the chairs taken up by A-listers like Natalie Portman, Kim Gordon, and Diane von Furstenberg, the majority of attendees found themselves peering over one another’s shoulders at the clothes from the standing section. And last night, at Rodarte’s Joanna Newsom-hosted, Moët-sponsored after-party, the standing around went social. Tiny Doyers Street in Chinatown has probably never seen a block party like the one that cropped up spontaneously outside Apotheke, as guests such as Olivier Zahm, André, Sabine Heller, Natasha Royt, Pamela Love, and Frank Tell eschewed the door in favor of the meet-and-greet on the street. As the party began to wind down, the Mulleavys could be found outside, as well—though, after the race to finish their collection in time for that afternoon’s show, it was fair to wonder how the sisters were still standing, period. “We started work on a few of the pieces in July,” Laura explained, “but honestly, pretty much everything got done in August. It was a sprint.” Now, at last, time to sit down.

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