Rodarte Designs Knitwear for Olympians
The upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada are definitely taking a note from the fashion world. First the boys from Dsquared will be holding the torch, Ralph Lauren designed America’s outfits for the opening ceremony, and to top off what one could think is the fashion Olympics, the ladies of Rodarte are making their signature styles known.
Known for their edgy styling and exceptional footwear collaborations, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s collections don’t seem to have anything in common with boring sports uniforms, but when The New York Times Magazine asked them to design a collection for a shoot with some Olympians, they made a run for it. After all, who could say no to the Olympics? The editorial “High Fliers” was shot by Ryan McGinley and include Olympian greats Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter from the snowboarding team, figure skaters Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Rachael Flatt and freestyle skiers Jeret Peterson, Hannah Kearney and Emily Cook.
Rodarte designed scarves, jumpsuits, pants, tops in shaggy, knits that were reminiscent of their Fall 2008 collection inspired from Japanese horror films. Some of the knits had the veined, spider-web feel with the colors bleeding throughout, while others were shaggy and went with the movement of the athletes. Either way, the designs look way to good for actual competition.