Show report: Roland Mouret A/W’12

The ballroom at the Westin hotel was transformed into a wood-panelled, old-school ski chalet...

The ballroom at the Westin hotel was transformed into a wood-panelled, old-school ski chalet for Roland Mouret’s Autumn Winter show on day three of Paris Fashion Week.

Taking inspiration from the ‘big freeze’ – the winter that chilled Paris to the core in 1947 – Mouret showed off a stunning collection of forties-style dresses made modern with layers, folds and panelling.

As always with Mouret, cut was key and the form-fitting dress shapes for fall were A-line or sleek pencil skirts to the knee. Shoulders were emphasised with extra folds, puff sleeves or a broader cut than seen in previous seasons and, as always, the Roland Mouret wit was in attendance with a playful reindeer motif appearing on the odd piece.

From pale lemon jersey dresses to pistachio sculpted skirts and footwear in cream and soft leather pastels, Mouret’s colour palette was reminiscent of Laduree macaroons in a beautiful Parisian confectioners.

For the evenings, we were presented with fitted black dresses with cutaway backs that hinted at the undeniable sexiness of the Mouret woman without ever being overt.

Styled by esteemed fashion editor Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, the rest of the look was left simple with a low key sensuality.

A dream of a show that cemented Roland Mouret’s reputation as the man every woman wants to be dressed by.

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