In the five years since Kate and Laura Mulleavy launched Rodarte, onefashion buzzword has often eluded them: commercial. It’s a notion withwhich, as the past few seasons can attest, the sisters have grownincreasingly comfortable, grounding their wondrous flights of fancy witha nice leather jacket or webby pullover. This time, the collectionproved they’re in total command of the wearable stuff. And the mostwelcome part here: They haven’t lost sight of the unconventionalartsy-craftsy take that made fashion fall in love with them in the firstplace. One can’t help wonder if, with all the rumors swirling about apossible LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton acquisition, this was theirmerch-meets-Mulleavy audition. Pierre-Yves Roussel, it was a slam-dunk.


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