The journey of opening his new boutique, a discreet townhouse at 1006 Madison Avenue, New York, has infused the work of Roland’s Spring Summer collection in a way that he could not have imagined. “Working on the new flagship has been emotional for me, it has generated the same feeling of excitement of having a new person in my life or a new silhouette in my collection, you learn from it, not control it.”
The detail of textures, heavily contradicted within the building, has embodied the strong development of the collection; rendered in hessian mesh, embroidered neoprene and puckered stretch check. Resulting in the most desirable compilation, this uncompromising contradiction acknowledges not only the new store but the current state of global affairs.
The collection sees the moving on of the label’s seductive air to a modern mélange of jackets, tops, skirts and trousers in a luscious palette of lavender, lemon, scarlet red and sapphire blue. Knitwear is revived, seeing the introduction of pronounced, square peplum sleeves and waists, adding subtle volume to the silhouette. Similar to the evolutionary aesthetic 1920s era the store at Madison Avenue was built in, this collection evolves in a mix of volumes and texture that perfectly characterizes the boutique.
Having learnt from his two masters, Yohji Yamamoto and Azzedine Alaïa, Roland wanted to deliver his point of view on how to dress for yourself and not just what to buy. “I really think that in the time we live in, fashion is even more based on your own identity and how you express it through the clothes you are wearing. Enjoy the show.”
View the collection here