DROP OUT: It seems Rodarte has had a change of heart about presenting at Paris Couture Week in July. The Los Angeles-based label, which figured on the Chambre Syndicale’s recent provisional list of guest-member acts headed to the week, is missing from the provisional calendar released on Wednesday. A spokesperson for designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy said they are still finalizing their plans for showing spring 2019.
For fall 2018, shown during couture week in January, the brand opted to present its collection via a portrait portfolio featuring some of the women who inspire them. (Think Kirsten Dunst, pregnant with her first child; Kim Gordon; Grimes; Gia Coppola, and Miranda July.) The Mulleavy sisters were expected to return to the runway this couture season.
Givenchy will headline the week’s opening day on July 1, taking over the final slot traditionally occupied by Miu Miu, which instead will present its resort collection on the eve of couture week.
Giorgio Armani Privé will present two successive shows on July 3.
As reported, Proenza Schouler, which defected to Paris Couture Week alongside Rodarte last July, has also pulled out of the week, with plans for the upcoming collection to be revealed in the near future.
Like countless others across the industry, the brand’s founders, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, are facing essential fork-in-the-road questions, including how to continue to develop their business and whether to re-embrace New York as part of a small collective of cool-reputation designers who would show on a December-to-June schedule.
Fellow guest members Yuima Nakazato and Hyun Mi Nielsen are also missing from the schedule.
The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture elected Aganovich as the newest guest member, meanwhile, and reappointed the following brands as guests: A.F. Vandevorst, Antonio Grimaldi, Azzaro Couture, Christophe Josse, Galia Lahav, Georges Hobeika, Guo Pei, Iris van Herpen, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Noureddine Amir, Ralph & Russo, Rodarte, Ronald van der Kemp, Ulyana Sergeenko, Xuan and Zuhair Murad.
The couture collections will take place from July 1 to 5.