Echoing early memories in Provence, the Roland Mouret Pre-Fall 2017 collection evokes a playful take on colour and texture.
“For this collection, I have taken memories from my childhood in the South of France,” said Mouret. “The village, the terraces with views across the azure sea, the unbeatable oasis of peace and silence – and used this as my inspiration with a focus on bringing luxury craftsmanship into the wardrobe of the women I dress. I’ve played around with new volumes, where structure and softness are brought together with a mix of print and 3D embroidery.”
Volume is established through playful kimono style jackets with oversized structured sleeves and bomber jackets made feminine with floral embroidered motifs. Classic trench coats are modernised in a waterproof techno canvas, with iridescent qualities emulating the waters of Avignon.
Taking influence from the lavender fields of Grasse, flowers remain a strong motif throughout; depicted in a fluid geometric silk twill print and raised with embroidery. The colours of the collection vary, from royal blue and claret to a softer, petal-like array of violet and blush.
Through his use of texture, Roland creates a dialogue between the 18th century decadence of brocade fil coupé and rustic prints. Skirt hems and sleeve cuffs are given movement with delicate lace trims, while contrasting hems and bindings create a subtle twist to block coloured dresses. Elsewhere lace is placed in between wool crepe panels, bringing a seductive sheerness to the offering, a nod to the traditional Provençal costume.
The collection mirrors the changing lines of the landscape, from handkerchief- hemmed dresses, asymmetric peplums and fluted ribbed knit skirts. Jumpsuits and tops with cascading fabric draped across the back are reminiscent of the traditional, loosely draped Fichu shawl.
The Mini Classico, the petite version of Roland’s unique bag with signature folds, is introduced for the season, appearing alongside stiletto heels in glossy textured patent leather and matt karung hide. The aesthetic throughout the collection sees prints, fabric and texture evolving together to accentuate the iconic silhouette Roland has perfected.
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