Rodarte is a luxury womenswear brand founded in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The Los Angeles-based brand takes its title from the founders’ mother’s maiden name, and is known for its whimsical and darkly romantic aesthetic.
With unique and artful collections, Rodarte uses bright colours and bold patterns to produce distinctive designs. Vintage-inspired prints are clashed and met with classic silhouettes, creating feminine pieces with an unconventional edge. Statement collars, puff sleeves and ruffle necks are reminiscent of decades gone by, made even more striking with lace and floral applique details. Feathers, pearls and beads as well as intricate embroidery add even more interest to already-maximalist designs. Rose print prairie dresses, polka dot belted dresses and ethereal tulle gowns are perfect head-turning pieces for day or evening, while
decadent printed blouses and peplum gingham skirts can also be dressed up or down. Always exciting, Rodarte designs are consistently playful and kitsch.
Accompanying Rodarte is the brand’s sister line, Radarte, which plays on the word ‘rad’ and offers casualwear and loungewear. T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies and joggers are produced in pared-back logo heavy designs, as well as colourful and lively options. Simple white logoed tees and joggers are met with vibrant tie-dye pieces for stand-out lounging. Laid back and comfortable, Radarte collections are the perfect option for day-off attire.
Rodarte designs can be found online, through the brand’s online store and through Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and My Theresa.