Here's further proof of LA's legitimacy in the fashion world. As mentioned, Rodarte is forgoing New York Fashion Week and hosting its fall 2019 runway show on the West Coast for the first time ever — and in sister designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy's very own hometown, no less. Ahead of next week's expected star-studded event (which takes place Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m.), the Pasadena-bred duo have revealed their venue as the iconic Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, reports Women's Wear Daily.
"We have dreamt of doing a show at The Huntington since we first started designing," the luxury designers tell the fashion industry trade publication. "Our grandmother and mother introduced us to The Huntington as children and we have been inspired by its beauty ever since. We specifically drew inspiration from the gardens for our spring 2007 collection, and it will be amazing to see the fall 2019 collection presented in this location."
The Huntington was founded in 1920 by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry E. Huntington and his wife, Arabella, as a library for their collection of rare books, letters, and photographs. It later expanded as an art gallery, and is now home to over 120 acres of more than a dozen botanical gardens, according to the research and educational institution's website.
The Mulleavys are also partnering with California-born, French-inspired winery JNSQ (which stands for je ne sais quoi), which will launch its rosé cru at the fashion show.
As WWD notes, next month's show arrives a day before NYFW; read the full story here.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 91108