Looking for a fabulous dress (or two...or three) for your upcoming holiday parties? Lucky for you, Roland Mouret, creator of the A-list beloved, oft-copied Galaxy dress, has just come out with an exclusive collection of 17 signature designs for Bergdorf Goodman. The dresses have feminine silhouettes in a variety of rich fall hues, mixed with menswear prints and wonderful lightweight textures. Prices range from $1,770--$2,295, which is steep, but we swear these dresses are truly gorgeous and the fabrics felt amazing.
We caught up with the handsome French designer to talk about the collection, why his signature Galaxy dress became so successful, and the very interesting advice he has for aspiring designers. What kind of woman is this collection for? For women who enjoy being women. It’s depending what they want in their life. They can go from a pair of jeans and a t-shirt to flat shoes to high heels to a dress. We’re no longer in a situation where there is one woman and there is a total look. It’s about a liberal idea of fashion.
Why Bergdorf Goodman? Bergdorf is a place I love. It’s a place that has followed me since my beginning and we’ve grown quite amazingly together. It’s a question of trust; it’s a question of evolving and learning from a company that has become a better company and they get it. It’s great to have some mentors in different fields of life and in business, Bergdorf is quite a good mentor to learn from.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career? It’s the Galaxy [dress] I think. You learn to enjoy everything, but the galaxy, yeah, that is what put me on the map and established me with my style my signature and I never expected that. It’s quite amazing when it happens like that. It’s like brace yourself there is a storm coming!
Why do you think it has been so successful? I think it’s because of a woman’s shape, like the fact you have boobs hips and a waist was quite important, and it was the first dress I did that a woman could wear a bra with and as a designer you have to learn that women wear bras.
What advice would you give to an aspiring designer who might want to be in your shoes one day? First, he has to find his balance between creativity and his commercial ability. Define who you are and define your weakness because that can become your strength. If there was one trick I would give to a young person, it is to put on a piece of paper the three names of designers you love the most. Pin it on the wall and never copy them because that is the mistake of young designers is to copy the people they love.
What are your plans for the holidays? Back home in Suffolk in England we have already two inches of snow. I’ll spend time with my family. It’s going to be a white Christmas.
What do you like to do when you’re in New York? It’s very short. I see friends, work, walk in the streets, go to little restaurants. I like to have that kind of privacy in New York. I’m a French man in New York...I love that kind of privacy, you know, you take the city just for yourself and you enjoy it.
What do you want for Christmas? Not a lot of things...I wish people the best and I wish that health is there and that we won’t struggle too much during the recession.