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Rodarte for Target is set to launch

The designs by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy start at $9.99.

December 13, 2009|By Max Padilla
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Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, based in Pasadena, are the next designers to collaborate with Target for its GO International collection. Rodarte fans should set the alarm for next Sunday morning when Rodarte for Target officially launches in stores and at Target online -- the limited-edition collections usually clear out well before the end of a month-long run.

Rodarte, the maiden name of the Mulleavys' mom, has taken off since its debut during New York Fashion Week nearly five years ago. Fans can't get enough of the sisters' version of classic French couture featuring fragile spidery knits, hand-stitching, artistically treated fabrics, lacework and embroidery with a touch of goth. And neither can the fashion establishment, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which awarded the Mulleavys the Swarovski Emerging Designer award in 2008 and the Womenswear Designer of the Year award this year.

Rodarte for Target starts at $9.99 for cut-out knee-highs. Signature webby knit cardigans are $29, and a leopard-print jacket is $79.99. A shift dress with a sequined "rib cage" ($44.99) will be a coveted item. Other looks include a leopard-print shift dress ($44.99), lace cardigans ($29.99), a denim jacket with braided detail ($39.99) and a signature lace and tulle skirt ($29.99). Young women who enjoyed dressing gothic in high school could drag out the Doc Martens to wear with lace dresses ($39.99 to $49.99).

The sisters attribute the inspiration for the Rodarte for Target collection to the style of actresses Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde," Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby" and Ruth Gordon in "Harold and Maude."

For locations and hours go to www.target.com.

SALES

A.P.C. Thursday through Jan. 20: Casual cool French clothing line has its end of season fall/winter sale with items discounted 30% to 50%.

619 N. Croft Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 297-0414. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Diane Merrick Thursday: Everything in the store is marked down 25%, including cashmere wraps, leather bombers, jackets, casual wear, jewelry, denim and T-shirts. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

7407 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 930-0400. 6 to 9 p.m.

www.shopdianemerrick.com

The Warehouse Sale Friday through Dec. 20: Huge sale at the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring 20,000 pieces from BCBG, Erik Hart, Smashbox Cosmetics, 7 for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and others as much as 80% off retail. Buy four pieces, get the fifth free (least expensive of five). Register in advance at the event website for expedited entry.

1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

www.thewarehousesale.com

EVENTS

Cynthia Vincent & Sid Vintage Pop-Up Today: Sunset Plaza's Code C hosts a one-day pop-up featuring select new and vintage pieces to benefit L.A. Family Housing. Price ranges include $195 for tops, $250 for skirts, $350 for sweaters and up to $550 for a purse. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a complimentary Coolhaus ice cream.

8461 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 652-0200. 3 to 7 p.m.

www.codecusa.com

max@maxpadilla.com

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