If spring was another feather in the caps of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy — and it was, no question — the plumes would be black. Backstage post-show, Laura said she and her sister were inspired by California condors, the big, bald, black vultures that faced extinction in the late Eighties. “We just kept thinking about how they had to scavenge to survive,” she said. “If they were mangled and tattered, how they would be reborn.” That sounds dark and ugly, yet it yielded exquisite results.


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