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A runway show and after-party during New York fashion week is enough to send most designers into hibernation, but not Rodarte’s Mulleavy sisters. By Saturday, the girls had flown back to California and invited an artsy crowd to join them poolside at Chateau Marmont for a “tea party” complete with a make-your-own gingerbread man bar.
Jenny Lewis showed in a Rodarte coat “that fell somewhere between their Victorian period and their deconstructionist phase,” she said. Meanwhile, Kate Mulleavy was busy telling LACMA’s Michael Govan about the next collection inspired by houses in various stages of construction. The gathering was timed so that guests going to one of the night’s many fashion-meets-movies parties (Diamond Information Center’s bash with Julianne Moore, Chanel and Charles Finch’s affair or the Valentino and Harvey Weinstein party) could pass through en route. “They always say it’s an intimate gathering, and then you show up and it’s 200 people and a bunch of photographers,” laughed Shiva Rose, who nevertheless made stops at two more fetes that night.