It was about a year ago that Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham were supposedly in cahoots. It was a flicker of gossip, right around when Victoria Beckham was launching her namesake label. After we talked to Monsieur Mouret about his most recent Rainbow collection, we talked a bit about his famous relationship with the driven celebrity designer. Then, he brought up another accomplished woman: Oprah! But, take note, neither lady is his muse. Here's what went down . . .
You were a big influence on Victoria Beckham.
She’s a friend of mine. I respect her for what she’s doing. I think she’s fighting to do a job. Her clothes are really well made. I like what she’s doing. When she started she wanted to have some information. I introduced her to the factory, it was an old little factory of mine, she needed some people to work for her, all the people that worked for me in the past. After all, I’m happy with her collection.
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Who are your muses?
I don’t think like that. I don’t have muse with the women and I don’t have a muse with the men. What I’m getting is how we react to our society and what we like from the past, but what we want to adapt for the future. So far, you’ve seen the womenswear with shoulder pads and everyone said shoulder pads would never come back, and they came back. Or leggings . . .
Never say never.
That’s the interesting thing — it’s not to have a muse. I start out more with reflection of people or influence of people about their frustration or their ambition — what they hate about themselves or what they love about themselves and that’s my starting point. Mens is the same thing. It’s talking to women about what they think about men that I will create my menswear, more than to be inspired by someone, what’s in style, let’s be influenced by this person, it’s more I’m researching groups of different people and . . . I dress myself.
What are some current challenges for you?
Every project I start will be the same way — it’s trying to understand how to be creative, how to bring a product to the customer. I was watching a program yesterday about Oprah and I love her philosophy, she has such a sound philosophy, but she loves her product. But she was trying to find the balance. I find that quite fascinating. I think we are living in a world, where yes, we are trying to have a philosophy and trying to do the best with the world we live in and the people we are living around, but that need for the world to carry on, for business existing, is important and I think that’s where I find pure genius.