Oh, those rebellious Rodarte girls. Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the designers behind the label that many regard as the most avant garde and exciting on the current fashion scene, were honoured on Tuesday night with a party at the White House, thrown by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Y'know, the wife of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Sorry to be banging home the point quite so forcefully, but the next bit of info may suprise you. Because, you see, the Rodarte girls didn't go. That's right - they were a no-show at a dinner at the White House that was being thrown to celebrate them winning the fashion category of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.
Gracious to the last, the First Lady implied she understood that great designers need to be rebels, saying during her speech at the dinner, in front of the rest of this year's Cooper-Hewitt award winners; “The great jazz musician Miles Davis — one of my husband’s favorites — once said, ‘Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there'. I think that is pretty much a good description of what each of you does every day: You’re playing what’s not there.”
So now what we want to know is - what on earth were the Mulleavys doing that night instead?
Here are a few suggestions..
There was a horror film all-nighter at their local multiplex
Kirsten Dunst desperately needed an outfit and as we know, Rodarte just can't say 'No' to Kirsten Dunst.
A plane crashed into their studio after they'd been wearing the illuminated heeled shoes from their A/W '10 collection. The flashes were spotted by a passing aircraft which mistook them for landing lights.
Martha Stewart invited them over to dinner after their recent appearance on her TV show - let's face it, even the White House kitchens can't compete with Martha's cooking.
They became entangled in one of their famous stringy knits and so were literally too 'tied up' to attend.
A spokesman for the designer sisters failed to shed any light on the matter, claiming they “had a change of plans” and could not come to the event. He later added that the sisters “had a family obligation to attend to in Los Angeles”, but did not provide details.
What with this and today's story about Courtney Love BURNING the entire fashion collection that Marc Jacobs had gifted her... We fear the fashion industry may start to get a reputation for being ill-mannered oiks. Thank goodness for Alber Elbaz and his impeccable social graces, that's all we're saying... [WWD, subscription required]