New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Review: Rodarte’s land far, far away


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When George Lucas says he’s a fan, you know you’re someone special. The legendary ‘Star Wars’ creator was front and center at the Rodarte show Tuesday, where he said he had been following the sisters Mulleavy, who hail from Pasadena, for a while now, and that he is obsessed with their work.


Natalie Portman and Dakota Fanning rounded out the celebrity triumvirate on hand to view the designers’ extraordinary fall collection, which Laura Mulleavy said was inspired by the multi-layered history of Australia.


Their vision spanned the landscape, from the rustic Outback (a shearling dress, and clear plastic heels filled with layers of sand) to the stately aristocratic Victorian homes left over from the colonial era (dusty peach and blue wool guipure lace blouses, and crepe jackets and skirts that were among the most conventionally wearable pieces they have ever sent down the runway). Aboriginal cave paintings were represented in rust finger smudge and hand-print crinkled chiffon gowns, and so was Australia’s big sky, by star cluster head pieces.

The Mulleavys fessed up backstage that they have never been to Australia, which is crazy considering how transporting the collection was. It’s easy to see why Lucas is so enamored of their imagination and their talents. He, too, has a knack for bringing to life lands far, far away.

-- Booth Moore, in New York

Top photos, from left: Dakota Fanning, George Lucas and Natalie Portman attend the Rodarte fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Credit: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images. Photos of the collection by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, except for bottom right, by Jason DeCrowe/Associated Press.