Rodarte Party at Cooper-Hewitt

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy capped off another sublime collection with not one, but two shindigs this season. The after-party went down at new East Village hotspot Black Market, while the latter was held at a place more immune to the vagaries of hipsterdom, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where the designers’ first solo exhibit, Rodarte: Quicktake, is on view through mid-March.

The uptown hike didn’t prevent a crush of well-wishers from attending last night’s launch. Kim Gordon, Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst all made the trek up to the nosebleed East 90s. Anna Wintour held court in the small second floor space, making navigation a little perilous, but we felt comforted knowing that one wield of a spiky Nicholas Kirkwood display shoe would clear that crowd fast.

Moving on from the party’s salon préféré—a charred-looking room chockfull of black leather, lace and macramé—we made our way downstairs to catch up with one half of the sister act. Though bubbly, Laura Mulleavy conceded she was fatigued, like the rest of us. Gazing up at the exhibit, she paused for a moment and sighed, “It’s kind of amazing.”

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