2008 January 24

RM by Roland Mouret - Paris Fall 2008

RM by Roland Mouret Fall 2008 RM by Roland Mouret Fall 2008
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(PARIS) Roland Mouret may be the son of a butcher, but the deft with which he creates clothes is comparable to the hand of a surgeon. His RM fall ready-to-wear collection presented Wednesday morning was precise, tailored, and aimed at a woman that has Euros to spare and the desire for near-couture fashion--hold the fat (literally).

"It's about the attitude and savoir-faire," Mouret said of the collection. "These are what I call 'factory outfits;' a mix of glamour girl and working woman." Teetering in dangerously high Louboutins, Mouret’s models livened up a parade of steel grey, green, and black-and-white dresses, jackets, and skirts with interwoven bursts of candy pink, bottle green, sapphire blue, and primrose yellow. It was a delightful show from start to finish--in particular, a yellow double-crepe cap-sleeve dress with pink piping was sweet, while a black silk crepe cap-sleeve floor length dress with pink contrast tail will be the season’s must-have.

This collection was in many ways a continuum of his debut collection, what with the abundance of structured fabrics like wools and tweeds. Pleated waistbands and the intelligent use of zippers--such as one that traces both up the back and along the neckline--made for a sensual collection that’s only an iota of what’s hopefully to come.