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DESIGNER: Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

INSPIRATION:
A mix of '70s-inspired suburban funkiness and golden warrior princesses

TOP LOOKS: Brown embossed-leather cropped jacket and three-quarter skirt; wood-panel-print long dress; chartreuse plaid linen and rust striped silk chiffon skirt, denim jacket with cut-out shoulder and denim halter top; white backless dress with blue Ming print; gold lamé gown with full sequined skirt

ACCESSORIES: Glorious carved wood heels and wedges by Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte, worn with white bobby socks; hand-carved wooden barrettes

WHO WAS THERE: Elijah Wood, Kanye West, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore

WHAT WE THOUGHT: The sisters Mulleavy truly think like artists. In seasons past, they have created esoteric offerings that bordered on unwearable. For Spring 2011, they kept their creative impulses in check to produce a smash collection of cool indie-spirited separates. While the Doors' "The End" blared in the background, models sashayed past in silk dresses with subtle wood-panel prints reminiscent of your father's rec room walls back in the day.

Muted upholstery-like shades of moss green and rust brown also combined in guipure-lace pants and tops, and draped skirts. Chinese Ming-print silk dresses were minor diversions but refreshing nonetheless. The closing gold lamé gown with hammered-sequined full skirt was so retro it looked ancient Roman, yet gave the collection some welcome sparkle.

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