Rodarte’s Woman is Australia-Bound for Fall

The designers known for their imaginative approach to dressing turned out a refreshingly wearable fall collection, with particularly covetable coats and shearling jackets.

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The Mulleavy sisters, known for their imaginative approach to dressing, turned out a refreshingly wearable fall collection, with particularly covetable coats and shearling jackets.
Rodarte devotees like Natalie Portman (wearing one of the brand's knit pieces) were seated in the front row of the Chelsea space.
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Dakota Fanning was seated next to one of the week's more surprising attendants -- George Lucas, who sat next to his wife, Mellody Hobson.
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The opening music was U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," and the initial impression of the collection was that it echoed the label's Fall 2011 collection, which had a women-of-the-plans vibe.
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Models' cheeks were heavily bronzed, and covered-up printed dresses had a country feel, especially paired with tough boots.
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The designers told that their main inspiration for this season was Australia, from the outdoorsy sweaters to the shearling coats.
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The Mulleavys have struggled in the past to create wearable looks in the past -- though they admirably seem more concerned with creating interesting fashion than retail-friendly pieces -- but this collection offered plenty of pieces, like this shearling coat and flouchy dress, that will prove tantalizing to shoppers.
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The jackets, coats, and skirts in particular, were audience favorites. Also popular: the little silver stars that the models wore in their hair, as well as the Western-looking belt buckles.
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The label's inventive craftsmanship and attention to details was particularly visible on dresses like this one, which was topped with rust and black sequin and fringe tulle embroidery, as well as a wool collar.
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A '40s-inspired silhouette in grayish-blue at Rodarte.
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A leather dress rendered with an Aboriginal motif at Rodarte.
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A dress covered with what looked like cave hand-prints covers a ruffled dress in one of the label's more conceptual -- if likely less wearable -- looks.
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Close up, the applique embroidery on this tea-length dress is simply stunning.
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This season was Rodarte's first showing their own shoes, and they did not disappoint: the platform booties, mules, and boots featured details like metal plates, molded resin, and Plexiglass heels with sand inside them.
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A cropped orange wool top, paired with a black skirt with a lace underlay at Rodarte.
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A striped knit coat with a delicate, slip-like dress underneath at Rodarte.
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A '70s-looking gown covered in a ruffled, Aboriginal print, and topped off with a glittering ruby collar at Rodarte.
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A dazzling shearling coat covers a printed dress at Rodarte.
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Another excellent coat at Rodarte -- this one striped, with a shearling collar.
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A black wool crepe gown with tiered layers of black lace and a lace collar at Rodarte.
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A rust gown at Rodarte is covered with delicate floral embellishments, along with a contrasting black lace trim and collar.
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