March 1 2013, PARIS
Roland Mouret, is the quintessential Parisian designer. For the quintessential bourgeois Parisian woman, who today favors favors black, white and animal prints. Simplicity and elegance is the key feature of any self-respecting Parisian woman; ostentation is provincial.
There is still a class aspect that doesn’t exist in America. In America all you need is money; nothing else matters. In America; it is all about what you do for a living and how much money you make. It's the first question someone asks you here. Nothing else matters. People want to know what you do and more importantly how much money you make. In Paris, one’s manners and upbringing use to carry more social status; anyone can marry into a vulgar middle class family; but not anyone can buy class.
If the designer can be criticized for not doing anything new; he can be applauded for doing something he does consistently well; and not prostrating himself down on the ground to the Fast Fashion trends which have corrupted fashion and turned it into a three-ring circus. Appealing bags, from daytime-sized clutches to shoulder bags swinging over the zippered back of a dress — were clever.
Roland’s use of geometric lines, and his graphic use of seams and inserts show a powerful grasp of fit and shape. Mustard brown, blue and black or familiar leopard prints were deftly executed. Beautifully crafted dresses, with the familiar bold zipper at the back, included some that were the epitome of 21st century elegance — for example, the animal-print digital patterns.