Coral Gables, FL – November 29, 2016 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and VP/General Manager Stephen Brunelle welcomed designer Roland Mouret. Roland flew in from London to meet his adoring fashion fans. He presented his Resort/Spring 2017 Runway Collection to over 40 fashionistas, including hostess Barbara Hevia, along with Swanee DiMare, Katy Stoka, Christy Martin, Amanda Church, Carol Iacovelli, Daniela Swaebe, Ortenzia Padilla, Valeria Simon, Wendy Safchik, Yolanda Gasalla, Mari Alarcon Grimalt, Annie Hernandez, and Gioconda Baltodana. Guests enjoyed a seated four-course lunch catered by Neiman Marcus’s own Mariposa Restaurant.
WRE: How did you first get your start in design?
RM: I was the son of a butcher, and I used to watch him fold his apron in ways to hide the blood. I learned my technique from watching him and developed it into what I do today.
WRE: Tell us about the collection you are presenting at Neiman Marcus?
RM: The collection has a lot of volume and flare, with beautiful, intricate details. It’s modern and direct, which allows the woman to bring her own personality to the pieces. The collection is a juxtaposition of nature and power. The lines of the silhouette are simple and elegant, but they are met with bold metallic, boucle and geometric fabrics.
WRE: Where do you look for inspiration for each collection?
RM: I don’t work to create trends and therefore have no real strategy; the process matures independently. Inspiration comes in many forms. When I drape I am immersed, focused in the moment and from this, with each fold of the material and fall of the fabric, inspiration begins to take shape and develop.
All the skills that I use to create my collection are a sum of all my past experiences and professions.
WRE: How has your culture had an influenced your brand/design aesthetic?
RM: I am a designer and a preserver of my own past. My identity, which is partly heritage and partly upbringing, is mostly the sum of the choices I have made in life. All the skills that I use to create my collection are a sum of all my past experiences and professions.
WRE: What are some things you keep in mind when designing for a woman’s body type?
RM: You know, life is fluid and this is what I try to capture through the cut and material of my pieces. It is essential the dresses I create move with the freedom of the woman who is wearing it. I’m always conscious of this, and this is why I drape. I can see immediately the movement of the fabric and its liberation.
WRE: Describe the kind of person who is rocking your clothing?
RM: The Roland Mouret woman is constantly on the move, and requires a wardrobe to take her from place to place. The reason separates are so important in my collections, is that it allows for a woman to interpret and reinterpret her look, without compromising her style.
WRE: What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?
RM: Every actress and woman who has worn one of my dresses has given me so much pleasure. However, I will always cherish the Demi Moore moment, who was the first to wear the Galaxy in LA. She took the dress and made it her own, styling it with long strands of pearls. It was that moment in which I realized what an ‘icon’ was.
The reason separates are so important in my collections, is that it allows for a woman to interpret and reinterpret her look, without compromising her style.