For more than a decade, Roland Mouret has created the most coveted of womenswear collections. His iconic Galaxy dress has earned Mouret a reputation as a magician, a master of structure and silhouette, and a man with an intuitive understanding of contemporary femininity.
Mouret was born in Lourdes, France. His mother worked in a hotel as a waitress and his father was a butcher. It’s his childhood experiences and memories that have directly influenced the physicality of the way Mouret designs. He instinctively drapes fabric on the body rather than drawing sketches. The essence of his success, he insists, is knowing how a person wants to undress. ‘Dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress.’
Mouret’s work is informed by the diverse experiences of his own life. ‘I consider my years in Paris when I was modelling, styling and being part of the social scene a key part of my make-up. As are the years I have spent in London, opening a café gallery, video directing and ultimately building my first store under my own name – it is all part of an inspiring and evolving journey. Today is where we are. You have to learn so much and go so far to understand that the support of the team around you is indispensable and that happiness and simplicity is everything.’
We caught up with the designer before his show at London Fashion Week spring/summer 2018...
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I’m really happy to be showing in London again, for the second time in more than 10 years. It was such a pleasure in February 2017 and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again with my spring/summer 2018 collection.
What other LFW designers do you admire?
I admire all of them, but I get excited by the new, up-and-coming generation of designers, especially Marques Almeida – I love the rawness of youth in his AW17 collection.
How do you think the fashion scene in London has evolved?
Once fashion was simply about clothes; today it is about an identity, a voice and pushing the boundaries.
What do you like most about the city?
It’s a melting pot of the best of the world’s cultures after all these years. I feel as though I am on the set of a movie, with the grandeur of architecture and rich history. It’s so inspiring; London will always be my creative home.
What would you say is your signature aesthetic?
Black shirts and khaki trousers take me from day to night.
Who is the ultimate Roland Mouret woman?
A woman who is constantly on the move; she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to ask for it.
What are your plans for after LFW?
After the show, I like to celebrate with an intimate dinner with my loved ones at Dean Street Townhouse.
If you could give one piece of style advice to a woman, what would it be?
It’s all in the attitude!
What inspires you to create?
Confidence and attitude inspires me, it’s the foundation of all my work. I want the women I design for to feel this, and walk with confidence and the assurance that they are wearing something in tune with their lives.