The Collection: Patchwork and Sculpted Gold at Rodarte

The Mulleavy sisters again turned out a collection for Rodarte this season that will likely rise to the top of many an editor's lists, inspired by Northern California.

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With Serena Williams and Anna Wintour sitting front row, the Mulleavy sisters again turned out a collection for Rodarte this season that will likely rise to the top of many an editor's lists, inspired by Northern California.
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While Rodarte's recent effort really telegraphed the best of the brand in its purest sense, what was really buzz-worthy was how wearable nearly all of the looks felt.
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While the pieces still felt high-fashion and forward-thinking, this Rodarte collection includes some more retail-friendly separates, from tailored jackets to pants and skirts.
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That said, the Mulleavy sisters have clearly kept their knack of exquisite patterns and a certain arts-and-crafts mixing style intact.
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A striking patchwork ensemble from the Spring 2011 Rodarte collection.
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Mixed prints and high-waist chic from the Spring 2011 Rodarte collection.
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There was definitely a romance to this collection, with its lace details and dramatic, split-front skirts with dramatic side bustling.
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This gorgeous blue print was featured in several of the looks on Rodarte's runway.
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The epitome of Rodarte's brand of wearability: At first glance, this is a perfectly flattering pleated cocktail dress. The print, however -- designed to mimick lizard skin -- is utterly original.
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Another example of Rodarte's unconventional updates on a rather straightforward silhouette.
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Yet another example of a similar lizard-print pleated dress on Rodarte's Spring 2011 runway.
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Romantic lace meets patchwork fabric details on the Rodarte Spring 2011 runway.
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This cocktail dress most clearly interprets the brand's inspiration (northern California) with strips of fabric created to mimic the grains of the Redwoods.
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Another example of the wood-grain print on the Rodarte Spring 2011 runway.
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A simple, yet exquisitely draped, dress on the Rodarte Spring 2011 runway.
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A hodgepodge of blue and gray on the Rodarte Spring 2011 runway.
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A mix of lizard and wood grain prints on the Rodarte Spring 2011 runway.
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The final series of looks on Rodarte's spring runway seemed an homage to the California gold rush: a series of ensembles all cast from varying gilded and bronze hues and textures.
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A patchwork of piled-on layers and golden prints at Rodarte.
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A red carpet-worthy romantic look in shimmering and textured bronze on Rodarte's Spring 2011 runway.
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