An Evening with Roland Mouret at Selfridges Exchange Square.
When:Wednesday 13th July 201
What we ate and drank: Moet Champagne and canapés.
I have never quite believed the cliché stating French men are the most charming in the world until last Wednesday, when I met French born design Roland Mouret and was proven utterly wrong.
As we entered the room there he was, propped at the bar clutching a glass of Moet champagne and scanning the room with a promiscuous look in his eye. (My colleague and I are already hooked)
The son of a butcher, Roland shot to fame in 2005 when he designed the Galaxy dress…..
……and last month he took time out of his busy schedule to visit Manchester for a personal shopping evening at Selfridges in Exchange Square.
As Roland took to the stage with Selfridges head of press Sophie, all eyes were on the 6ft dark haired designer, however Roland’s eyes were on the models as they entered the room wearing his creations and as he looked them up and down he began to guide us through his inspiration;
“These women are such beautiful shapes, when I design; I design with the real women in mind, not with models. Models don’t wear bras or spanks, but real women do”
Roland raises a knowing eyebrow to the room and we all laugh and begin to check our dresses for tell tale signs.
“I love to give women that elegance, but at the same time respect. With regards to the shape and the length of the dress, women should always wear the dress, the dress should never wear them”.
Roland goes onto explain that he didn’t start designing until he was 36 years old and believes the life he has experienced has been the key to his success.
“I’ve lived my life and had many experiences; I have travelled, met many people and seen many fashions mistakes. It was from there I knew I wanted to make clothes. I didn’t necessarily want a business I just wanted to shape women’s bodies and do a fashion show, that’s all. I was ambitious and I knew it what happen. And the rest they say is history…”
As the audience all graciously applauded Roland for his honest interview I knew I needed to get a picture with the man who had just hypnotised the last 30 minutes of my evening with his charm. So like a lunatic, just as Roland stepped down from the stage, I swooped under his arm just in time for the photographer to turn around and take a quick shot.
Not bemused by my somewhat crazed behaviour, Roland hugged me and said “nice to meet you”
I thanked him for the evening as I was hastily dragged away by my embarrassed colleague.
Thanks to Selfridges for a fab evening!
More information about Roland and his collection can be found HERE
Click HERE To read MFNs one on one interview with Roland.