- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Jenny Packham offered a runway ode to ‘70s glam and Bianca Jagger. Tory Burch cited inspiration from the suits of armor her family collected. And Rodarte put “Star Wars” motifs on glamorous gowns as New York Fashion Week continued Tuesday.

The city continued to shiver under a blanket of cold weather as designers offered their fall-winter collections on the sixth day of the shows held at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center and at other locations. Actresses Dakota Fanning and Anna Kendrick were among the celebrities dropping by.



If you were going to buy a silk charmeuse designer gown for thousands and thousands of dollars, would you want it to be emblazoned with the image of Luke Skywalker, C-3PO or Yoda?

That’s just how Rodarte ended its runway show on Tuesday, with one gown devoted to each of those “Star Wars” icons. High-end fashion, or pop culture kitsch? As always, the verdict was a study in subjectivity.

Growing up in California, “Star Wars” was a “big obsession” for Rodarte designer-sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, according to Kate.

“Growing up when we did, I think that’s kind of one of the huge things that really influenced our culture and I just thought it was an important thing to put in it,” she added. “I also feel like those films are all about imagination … so I felt like it was a kind of a really beautiful way to end what the collection was for us.”

In a nutshell, the sisters said, the collection was about childhood nostalgia.

“It’s kind of all our memories coming together in something that’s expressive,” Kate said. “So it wasn’t about a specific place, ‘cause I think memory is so disjunctive. It was more about kind of piecing together the things that we wanted to build this world out of.”

Another Rodarte garment destined to result in seriously divided opinions: the shoulder-less coat, which is exactly what it sounds like - coats with cutouts where the shoulders would be. It came in gray and black wool, but also in fuchsia glitter. There was also a “death star” gown in black.

On the subtler side, there were some truly lovely striped lace gowns in appealing colors, demonstrating the Mulleavys’ talent for craftsmanship.

Rodarte perennial fan Dakota Fanning was in the audience. “I thought it was amazing … I’m happy for Kate and Laura,” she said.

-Jocelyn Noveck, http://www.twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP


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