August 27 2014

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Rodarte On Film


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 /

Fashion, Fairies, And A Hollywood Hobbit


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.

Elle Fanning Stars In Rodarte’s Newest Short, Rabanne Rumors Confirmed, An Angel Gets Her High-Fashion Wings, And More…


Golden girl Elle Fanning may be only 12 years old, but her star is on the rise. Sofia Coppola’s already proclaimed her affection for the young actress, and now the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte have cast her, too: In a Rodarte-costumed short film, The Curve of Forgotten Things, by director Todd Cole. It premieres officially next Tuesday on Nowness, but we’ve got a sneak preview, above. [Nowness]

Rumors confirmed. Manish Arora is the new creative director for Paco Rabanne’s womenswear, debuting his first collection for the label at Spring ’12 fashion week in Paris this October. [WWD]

The latest Victoria’s Secret model to make her way toward the editorial mainstream? That’d be South African stunner Candice Swanepoel, who bagged big shoots with Mario Testino for VMan and nabbed the cover of Vogue Italia for February. Next up, the runways? [Fashionologie]

And fashion week’s approach has everyone’s nerves a little frayed, it seems. The gossipmongers at Page Six claim that at Thakoon Panichgul’s studio, even his little dog, Stevie, is stressed—she’s reported to have bitten an intern. Team Thakoon denied the claim in print, and took to Twitter to add: “Dear interns present and future, selling stories to Page Six will not get you hired.” Whatever else is or isn’t true, that last bit most certainly is. [Page Six / @ThakoonNY]

Rodarte’s Rara Avis


Rodarte’s Spring 2010 collection took its cues from an invented myth about the California condor, and in a new short film premiering on this Monday, it’s taking flight—if on man-made rather than natural wings. Aanteni, directed by Todd Cole, was shot in a California jet-propulsion lab, with Guinevere Van Seenus decked out in the Spring goods and a soundtrack by L.A.-adored noise rockers No Age. The bird’s the word—and we’ve got your first look, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Nowness