One of the most important turning points in the fashion industry is the notorious dress created by Roland Mouret in 2005. Perfectly-proportioned and at that time revolutionary, ‘the dress’ has been worn and loved by thousands of women, and is probably one of the most desired fashion pieces in the whole world. Praised by men and women for his unique vision of women’s delicacy and sensuality, behind ‘the dress’ there is a French fashion designer, whose awards include the prestigious British Designer of the Year: Roland Mouret.
Mouret’s past includes quitting his job, taking a 2 years break from the scene and an unexpected comeback, which landed him at first in an undesired spotlight. For the Roland Mouret spring/summer 2016 collection he took a step further and celebrated his 10-turbulent-years in the fashion industry, surprising the audience with a stunning tribute to his renowned ‘the dress’, this time colored with all the shades of summer, white and navy included.
“This year it’s a collection related to a 10 year theme and already my Galaxy dress is ten years old so I started with this birthday idea and I asked myself, where was I at 10 years old? And 10 years it was the 70’s, the beginning of “d’Aujourd’hui Madame” and the start of fashion education between high fashion and the beginning of ready-to-wear, so for this collection it’s about my childhood memories”
Focusing on the Seventies, Mouret managed to take the most sophisticated trend of that decade, playing with its slender silhouettes and balanced lines. Since the very first look showcased we may notice Mouret’s desire to create a colorful and dynamic collection, which plays with floral motifs, color-block patterns and extremely bright shades, often geometrically disposed in structured layered dresses.
Each outfit outlines harmoniously the body, enhancing its curves and femininity. In order to enhance the feminine body even more, the designer opted for strategic cut-outs and off-shoulders dresses, as well as one-shoulder asymmetrical tops, the ruffled fabrics and vivid colors of which put great emphasis on the shoulders, one of the most erogenous zone located in the human body.
As he has recently stated, he chose to give his collections a great variety of colors because he thinks that “we live in a world where the color is important, it has a completely therapeutic effect that makes us smile […] in our world we do not smile enough”. In other words, he wanted us to have fun and enjoy life while looking at his skillfully designed line-up, and to be honest I think wearing one of those dresses should totally be mandatory if going to therapy.
Anyways, let’s go back admiring those waist leather ties and dainty zips that decorate both gored and trumpet mid/lower-calf skirts, and which bring back femininity to its most conventional (yet still modern) days. Weaved leather shoes and high heels perfectly match with Marie Beltrami’ long earrings, which Mouert found perfect complementary details for his spring 2016 for his collection.
Even though the line-up’s grand finale probably took most of audience’s breath away, it reminds us also that Mouret’s past is never going to be forgotten and that although it certainly needs to be celebrated (every ten years), at the same time the fashion designer wants and deserves to look forward to his future collections, which will always be completely different from ‘the dress’.
Photos courtesy of Vogue