Thursday 25th June

| BY Paul Toner

10 Questions With Roland Mouret As He Releases His Pre-Fall 2020 Collection

Roland Mouret’s clothes make women feel good in their own skin. He’s a designer who knows exactly what his customer wants, ensuring they feel powerful, confident and sensual – all rolled into one. In light of the global pandemic, the designer has made the decision not to send his AW20 collection to production. His brand has a sustainability strategy in place and is releasing his pre-fall 2020 collection over an array of smaller drops with the aim of creating more responsibly by producing less, therefore, reducing waste. The first drop is a tightly edited capsule that celebrates the timeless style that has shaped the Roland Mouret story thus far.

15 looks in total, the capsule collection is a glimmering example that Mouret is a master of his craft. Each look shapes the body effortlessly, cut with expert precision. According to Mouret, the collection champions “the strength of shapes, the joy of colour and the intemporal quality of the brand”. Tailored outerwear, skirts and day-to-night dresses are constructed through origami folding techniques – marrying a level of sophistication with innovation. Blouses are asymmetrically-draped so they slither around the form of the wearer. Colours are delicate: think champagne gold, ivory and a dusty cornflower blue. Teaming up with long-time friend and collaborator Alain Pichon, Mouret was able to pair a selection of wigs that mirrored the vibe of each look – completing the full Roland Mouret luxury experience, from head to toe. To mark the release of the collection, we asked the designer 10 VIQs (that’s very important questions):

1. What was the inspiration behind your PF2020 collection?

“I designed the collection pre-coronavirus and I think any inspirations I’d had in mind at the time would feel quite irrelevant today… However, I feel the collection will actually resonate even more with our customer now. It’s all about the strength of shapes and full of light, colour and emotion.”

2. Where should people wear the collection once lockdown is lifted?

“Everywhere! I think as a designer one of our roles is to understand the social life of our customer and how the collection can easily fit into their future lives.”

3. Have you picked up any new hobbies during lockdown?

“Lots of cooking. Ottolenghi is the master.”

4. What is your favourite piece from the collection and why?

“I don’t have a favourite piece in the collection, they all carry a story and it’s like family, you can’t choose one over another!”

5. Can you explain your inspiration for the collection’s colour palette?

“This collection is all about the joy and emotion of colour. Colour therapy is very important to me, understanding the impact different colours can have on your mood and all their associations.”

6. What have you been binging during lockdown?

The Mandalorian, Queer Eye and Judge Judy – I like to keep it varied.”

7. If you had to describe the Roland Mouret women in three words, what would they be?

“Sophia Neophitou’s Wardrobe.”

8. What were you listening to whilst making the collection?

“The one thing I’m listening to often is Eddy De Pretto – a French singer-songwriter.”

9. If this collection had a scent, what would it be?

Une Amourette – the fragrance I created in collaboration with Etat Libre D’Orange.”

10. Where’s the first place you’re going to take a trip to once lockdown is lifted?

I would love to go back to Greece, to Kefalonia or the Perantzada Hotel which I discovered with Sophia [Neophitou].”

Roland Mouret’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection is available to purchase online now and in select stores.