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July 26 2014

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Rodarte On Film

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Rodarte and Elle Fanning

Since 2010, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy have thrice teamed with director Todd Cole to bring their collections to life. In doing so, they’ve proved a deft hand at storytelling—so deft, in fact, that their most recent film, This Must Be the Only Fantasy, which starred Elijah Wood, Sidney Williams, and Guinevere Van Seenus, was included in the Shorts Selection at this year’s American Film Institute Festival.

Last night at L.A.’s Hammer Museum, Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith led a discussion with the trio about their collaborations. “We were at the forefront of making these films in fashion,” Cole said. “And you can feel a narrative about where the clothes come from.”

Their first project was Aanteni—ancient Mayan for “a scream for help.” The short starred Guinevere Van Seenus as she ran through the industrial wasteland of downtown L.A. The Aptos, Calif.-born designers explained that a sense of place—particularly their home state—has always been a key component in their creative process. “I think that when we work, everything [goes] back to what we see and what we grew up seeing,” offered Laura. “Our process of working is about driving and seeing things and then having an idea two days later.”

While Southern California’s aeronautical engineering—a point of fascination for the designers—provided inspiration for Aanteni, an oversized brick house in Baldwin Hills influenced the Wild West element of their second film, The Curve of Forgotten Things, which featured a captivating Elle Fanning. Finally, This Must Be the Only Fantasy explored L.A.’s suburbia.

Although each film begins with a given collection, the team stressed that they’re more about the visual world that informs each season. “We wouldn’t even care if none of our clothes were in it,” said Laura. “The clothing is a brief, basically,” added Cole. “They’re such specific pieces that they call for really particular worlds. Then you pick the world, and it’s easy to tell the story.”

Photo: Aleks Kocev /BFAnyc.com

Fashion, Fairies, And A Hollywood Hobbit

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A still from Rodarte and Todd Cole's new film, "This Must Be The Only Fantasy"

Elijah Wood has been reunited with a cast of fairies, unicorns, and sword-fighting villains—but he hasn’t revived Frodo Baggins. Rather, the actor plays the regal, mysterious role of Trevor in Rodarte’s latest film, This Must Be the Only Fantasy. For their third collaboration with director Todd Cole, Kate and Laura Mulleavy—both of whom are longtime sci-fi fans—tapped Sidney Williams and Guinevere Van Seenus to star in an out-of-this-world epic while donning Rodarte’s Spring ’13 looks. “Our Spring collection was inspired by fantasy and role-playing games, and the film brings to life these ideas,” said the Mulleavy sisters, adding that they always envisioned their pal Wood as the male lead.

“I never think of these films as fashion films,” offered Cole of the project, which was shot in L.A. “I think of Kate and Laura’s clothes as more of a starting point, and then I can create a world for them to exist in.” The full twelve-minute flick will premiere this week on The Creators Project. Catch the trailer’s exclusive debut below, and keep your eye on Rodarte’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, et al. for more sneak peeks at the movie.

Hot-Rodding With Prada

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Steven Meisel shot the Spring ’12 Prada ad campaign in the most sensible place for the hot-rodding, fins-and-taillights collection: a gas station. Now here’s your first look at the accompanying video campaign, with Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Guinevere Van Seenus, Meghan Collison, Ymre Stiekema, and newcomer Katryn Kruger all strutting their stuff. Baby, you can drive my car.

The Gucci Murderess Would Rather Stay In Prison Than Work, Hailee Steinfeld Out At Miu Miu, Doo-Ri Designs For Macy’s, And More…

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Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who murdered her ex-husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci, has been in prison for 29 years, and it looks like she would like it to stay that way. She reportedly declined an Italian court’s offer of day release because she would have to get a job as part of the deal. She told judges she would “rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle.” [Vogue U.K.]

Miu Miu has swapped out its 13-year-old campaign star Hailee Steinfeld. In her place, they have picked 34-year-old model Guinevere Van Seenus for Resort 2012. [Telegraph]

Macy’s is giving Target a run for its money in the designer collaboration department. Giambattista Valli’s collection is set to bow next week. Up next: Doo.Ri for Impulse, in stores February 15. [WWD]

What’s on the minds of British men these days? Wool flat caps. The Telegraph reports that flat cap sales are up by 75 percent so far this fall at Marks & Spencer. The reason for the surge in flat cap popularity “remains unclear.” [Telegraph]

Forty Years Of Roberto Cavalli

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When Roberto Cavalli opened the doors of his first store in Saint-Tropez four decades ago, as Tim Blanks writes, “it wasn’t much more than a fishing village.” Times have changed—to say the least—but Cavalli has kept on, outfitting generations of jet-set socials in all the feathers, ruffles, python, leather, and leopard print they could handle. (And as it turns out, they could handle a lot.) To celebrate his 40 years in the business, the designer is putting out Roberto Cavalli, a collection of images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, of some of the world’s most beautiful women in his clothes. (Lara Stone, left, Carolyn Murphy, Sasha Pivovarova, and Sigrid Agren are just a few of the ladies represented.) On the eve of the book’s publication and his 40th anniversary bash in Paris, Cavalli checked in with Style.com to talk stars and style. And keep reading below for our exclusive slideshow of images from the book.

You’re celebrating your 40th anniversary in fashion. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in fashion over that time?
With the invention of technology and the Internet, everything has become much more instantaneous now, which is exciting. I love that no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to a computer, you have access to fashion, an area that was previously very closed off. Now, we have a rapidly growing Facebook page and a new e-commerce site, which is doing extremely well.

The book is full of fabulous women who’ve worn your creations. Do you have one who is a particular favorite, whom you love to dress?
I have so many friends, clients, and fans that I love to see in my clothing, but just this week I have had the pleasure of dressing Heidi Klum, Leona Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Rachel Bilson while they are in Milan and Paris. They all looked stunning.

Are there any women you haven’t yet dressed that you’d like to?
I don’t think the world will ever run out of beautiful women that I want to dress!

The entire book was shot by Mert & Marcus. What do you like best about collaborating with them in particular?

Mert & Marcus do incredible work and I’m always impressed by how they can capture beauty, energy, and passion. What I liked most about working with them was the confidence in knowing that the final product would turn out fantastic, which it has.

Forty years in business—no mean feat. What do you hope to do in your next 40 years in fashion?
I hope to have another 40 just as wild and exciting as the past. I want the Roberto Cavalli name to live on and continue to ride the wave of success.

Click here for an exclusive slideshow of Mert & Marcus’ shots from Roberto Cavalli >

Photo: Mert & Marcus/Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli