Rodarte Looks to Van Gogh for Spring 2012

Designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy presented a dreamy collection filled with sunflowers and starry nights to a front row that included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Elle and Dakota Fanning.

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Designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy presented a dreamy collection filled with sunflowers and starry nights to a front row that included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Elle and Dakota Fanning.
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Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" kicked off the show, setting a dreamy mood for series of sunflower print pieces that cascaded down the runway.
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The prints were clearly sampled from Van Gogh's iconic series of sunflower paintings, which actually led New York Times writer Cathy Horyn to worry about "trademark issues."
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Sunflower silk embroidery at Rodarte.
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Tiers of sunflowers rendered on chiffon, silk, and satin at Rodarte.
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A more abstract imagining of the sunflower concept appeared in metallic "marigold" brocade.
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A golden dress with strong shoulders and a peplum waist.
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A moody mix of sunflowers and darker hues in a top and pants.
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A more subdued, almost smoky version of the sunflowers theme.
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Impressionistic green swirls in a seafoam chiffon dress.
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The second major reference to Van Gogh in the Rodarte collection was to the painter's famed "Starry Night," rendered here on a dramatic layered dress.
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A lighter, more veiled reference to the painting appeared on a separate off-the-shoulder dress.
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A moody, painterly print on layered chiffon with Swarovski Elements at the neckline.
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A dazzling combination of hand-embroidered midnight blue chiffon swirls with iridescent sequins.
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Model Karlie Kloss closed the show in a stunning gown composed of metallic navy leather and festooned with hand-embroidered silk with hammered sequins.
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Rodarte's penchant for exquisite details extended past the prints and Van Gogh references. In looks like this one, the concept of impressionism seemed to extend into the wrinkled swirls of this acid-green leather top.
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An off-the-shoulder dress mixes lavender with "acid green" and "avocado."
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An exquisitely-draped dress rendered in the most saturated purple hue, topped with a bit of sparkle at the shoulder.
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The designers collaborated with designer Burak Uyan on the show's shoes, which ranged from "pixelated" sandals made from Swarovski crystals to these mirrored leather sandals.
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