Spring Summer 19
“I design to be relevant, not only to who we all are, but to the female body shape, social class and everything else that it touches. I am known for my love and I believe understanding of women, I might push them and challenge them, but I will never ask them to compromise.” - Roland Mouret
Roland Mouret’s SS19 collection plays with an introvert sexuality that manifests itself throughout the collection. Drawing thematically from the 1974 first softcore porn film Emmanuelle, with its subtext that spoke for women to unapologetically own their sexuality, through to the global call for action presently from movements such as #timesup and #metoo, Roland redefines eroticism and fortitude, ownership and individuality in a way that is empowering to women. Further inspired by tenacious women such as Emma Gonzalez, who demonstrate fortitude and confidence to speak louder and make change happen.
A detailed conversation with the female subject is evident in this collection which is inspired too by the Yonic symbolism (from Sanskrit yoni) seen throughout the work of feminist artist Judy Chicago, exploring the most sensuous motif of the female form through a selection of brooches, necklaces and badges made in collaboration with esteemed artist Mehrnoosh Khadivi of Craftwork Studios.
Roland introduces a collection that features button-down pencil skirts, shoulder baring dresses and high-waisted wide-leg trousers with suggestive lace-up details. Liberation and control is given in the freedom of movement with loose silhouettes and softly tailored power suits. Slits and exposed lace panels offer glimpses of the thighs in stride, whilst ultra-plunging necklines unashamedly alleviate one of the most overtly sexual parts of the female form. Statement looks, in a summery pastel palette with graphic prints and bold stripes, are complimented with sensual silk rope-tie sandals and pointed lace-up mules. Collectively, the aesthetic at times pivots away from sexuality and is instead overcome with a pronouncement of incredible female independence.
Mouret’s evolution of fluidity is reflected in slender, romantic silhouettes that hint at the curves of the body, challenging the aesthetic of a covered body and giving the woman the tools to reclaim the gaze from the observer. A lead in shifting our political culture, women can pursue and inherit strength in creating change. At a time where social, political and gender equality is being challenged, Roland introduces an empowering collection for the contemporary woman whose dynamic voice resonates around the world.
‘Women across the world have found strength through the community of shared experiences. Women are the voice of our society, and this is what I want to express in the collection. Enjoy the show!’ - Roland Mouret