Roland Mouret: 'Fashion is universal'
Roland Mouret would never restrict his label by defining it geographically.
The French designer, whose iconic Galaxy dress was a cult favourite for stars like Victoria Beckham and Cameron Diaz, is based in the U.K. but continues to present his collections at Paris Fashion Week. When asked by Matches Fashion if he’d describe his label as British, Mouret was reluctant to answer.
"Fashion is universal, my birthplace is France, my house is English, but my heart and my label cannot be restricted by geography," he stated.
For the pre-Autumn/Winter 16 collection, Mouret shot his lookbook at Les Couilles du Chien, an antiques emporium in London owned by celebrated interior designer Jerome Dodd. The backdrop was designed to showcase the people and places that inspire his work, with the designs themselves infused with musical references.
"My inspiration was the subcultural style codes of the Northern Soul movement, infused with the electricity of the British pop rock scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s,"he explained.
"Jerome has a talent for sourcing the obscure and the desirable, and this talent translates beautifully into my world and retail identity. I wanted to introduce the people and places that inspire my work and could think of nowhere better than Les Couilles du Chien."
As for the Roland Mouret woman, the designer again is vague in his desire not to pigeonhole any part of his work. But he says his customer is the type of woman who knows exactly who she is.
"The Roland Mouret woman is every woman, I have no specific, only her qualities, her independence and her style brings them all together," he smiled.