& Other Stores & Rodarte Team Up For High Fashion You Can Afford
When you think of the fashion label Rodarte, you probably first think high fashion — the label once offered up a $21,000 mermaid gown — but luckily, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind the brand, are just as likely to give those of us without a wardrobe budget the size of a small country GDP the chance to snag some chicness at more wallet-friendly prices. For their latest collab, Rodarte is creating a capsule collection for & Other Stories, a Swedish brand under the H&M umbrella.
The collection, which will launch for Spring 2016, will include accessories, clothing and shoes (yes!), which, according to WWD, will all be democratically priced at $29 (tights) to $325 (a sequined dress) — no evening gowns that cost as much as a new Volkswagon Passat in sight! Rodarte x & Other Stories will be available online and at all twenty of the Swedish label's outposts.
Outside of the fashion industry, Rodarte may not be a household name just yet, but it'll be the biggest and buzziest collab for & Other Stories so far; past partnerships have included Rachel Antonoff, Clare Vivier, and singer Lykke Li. Rodarte has designed collections for retailers like Target, Opening Ceremony, and Superga.
In fact, it's safe to say that in its decade-long history, Rodarte certainly embodies "high-low" in its most literal form. The very name Rodarte is just as likely to be attached to a hand-beaded velvet gown with a five-figure price tag as it is to a $125 "Radarte" t-shirt that is a streetstyle mainstay.
Rodarte's seasonal runway collections definitely walk a very fine line between fashion and wearable art (if there's even a difference), but it seems as though when it comes to mixing business with creativity, the sisters are masters at populating their portfolios with the perfect blend of commercial success and artistic creativity. Here's a look at their other affordable ventures:
1. Rodarte x Superga
Not long after the Mulleavy sisters sent a line of Star Wars-themed clothing down the runway, they unveiled a Rodarte sneaker for Superga that rang in at $239.
2. Rodarte x Sally Hansen
Rodarte inspired three shades for Sally Hansen with their Fall/Winter 2015 collection, including Complete Salon Manicure in Rose Glass, a perfectly translucent pink that is democratically priced, but only available in stores, not online.
3. Rodarte x Opening Ceremony
Rodarte has been churning out Radarte tees, tanks, and hoodies for a few years, now, and ringing in from $100 for a Radarte tank top, like the one worn by January Jones in her #totesadorbs selfie, to $235 for the "Rohearte" velour sweatshirt, they are much more affordable than, say, the $18,000 R2D2 dress from FW2015.
4. Rodarte x & Other Stories
The & Other Stories collaboration comes at the heels of the runway presentation of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection that Business of Fashion described as "romantic poetry" with "all the glitter and glam of the honky tonk," as well as news that the Mulleavys will be directing their first film starring Kirsten Dunst.
And yes, those are glitter heels you're seeing there. And yes, if those are indeed part of the & Other Stories collection you better believe I'll be snapping those up.
5. Rodarte x Target
Although capsule collections at affordable retailers are now pretty commonplace, Rodarte's 2009 collection for Target was one of the first, and it was hotly anticipated and highly coveted but priced oh-so-low. The cardigan and skirt were under $30 each, and the tights and belt were both $12.99 each.
6. Rodarte men's football jersey
This looks suspiciously like an Eagles jersey (I'm from Philly, so I know these things) but it has a pretty rad scorpion on the sleeve, and is available at Virgil Normal in Los Angeles for $405.