August 23 2014

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Five Things We Learned From The New Yorker‘s Rodarte Profile


– Those coveted Nicholas Kirkwood thigh-high boots? They were inspired by “hands wrapped in plastic in a morgue,” which Laura saw during a biology class.

Fall 2009: Standing room only—for the models, too. “You can’t sit down,” Laura told a beleaguered mannequin before sending her onto the catwalk.

– Kate and Laura used to share a cell phone. “We didn’t realize it was weird,” says Kate.

– One of Kate’s first design attempts: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night re-envisioned as the seventies Warren Beatty flick Shampoo. The class didn’t like it. (Hey, Kate: Can we have a look?)

– The sisters believe in division of labor. “Kate doesn’t drive, so Laura drives her everywhere, and the payback is that Kate has to speak,” says their friend Ari Marcopoulos.

The New Yorker subscribers can read Amanda Fortini’s full article here.

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