Last night, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Net-a-Porter 10th birthday celebration. The party was held at their brand new offices in Westfield White City and it was star studded. We sipped on peach bellinis and champagne whilst the DJ played classic disco tracks. Founder of the eboutique Natalie Massenet made a speech where she thanked everybody in the room and apologised to all the husbands! Click through to see photos from the party. Happy 10th Birthday Net-a-Porter!
There was a lot of stars on the red carpet last night at the MET Costume Institute Gala. The event attracts some of the biggest names from Hollywood alongside stars of the fashion world. Anna Wintour plays a big part in organising the event so it's no surprise that she manages to pull in some of the world's most famous models and designers. Click through to see who was there.
Amber Le Bon dressed up and hit the white carpet at a Grey Goose fundraiser last night. The upcoming model wore a silver dress with exaggerated black shoulders by Roland Mouret who posed with her. Amber accessorised the metallic number with peep toe Mary Janes and a sliver clutch. What do you think of her look?
Actress Amy Adams stood out on the red carpet in a periwinkle Roland Mouret gown. I love that she opted for colour on such a gloom and doom day. Her red hair was pulled back in a low knot and her retro eyes were lined with thick kohl liner and false lashes. The rest of her face was subtle with contoured cheeks and a brown-nude lip. Do you like this beauty look on Amy?
Roland Mouret may well be French by birth but he has truly been taken under the London fashion wing as he spends much of his time in the British capital. Sad news then that today it was announced that he's taking his RM designs to Paris for next season.
Mouret will join the exclusive Paris Couture schedule from March 2009 although he plans to speed up the system by making his clothes available in just 2 months.
He commented, “The real luxury is that people want clothes straight after the show. With what’s happening around us, when a lot of women are really frightened to invest in clothes, we have to make the relationship with the customer stronger and keep the signature pieces, with the same hand.” Back in September Roland spoke out about the need for change in the fashion industry saying then, "There will come a time when the fashion shows as know them will end."
Today he also hinted that a menswear collection is in the pipeline but did not give a specific date for it's launch. Last season Gareth Pugh successfully moved from London to Paris when he won ADNAM funding.
I admire Roland's determination to take his fashion line in to the future and wish him all the luck in Paris!
London based designer Roland Mouret spoke to the new Wall Street Journal magazine this weekend about the fashion industry's need to adapt to the current financial climate. He spoke about the changing requirements of fashion and indeed he has already proved his ability to adapt to meet them. For example, earlier this year Roland teamed up with net-a-porter for the second time to sell his clothes directly from the catwalk.
Roland takes a business approach to fashion under the careful guide of ex-Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. In this article he speaks about the changing face of fashion weeks stating, "There will come a time when the fashion shows as know them will end. That time is soon. Producing a show costs sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. I don't think the returns justify it."
Designers are getting increasingly more outspoken and Roland is never one to hold back. He spoke out against "it-bags" calling it a "fake trend". He argued that they have no meaning and are just a way to make money. "Designers don't have to work or think about how to make their customers look good with a bag. That's why it's an easy choice." Do you agree with Mr Mouret?
French designer Roland Mouret appeared at Harrods last night as part of their Design Icons series. Appearing on a panel with Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, Alessi's managing director, Matteo Alessi, and magazine editor Aidan Walker they discussed the true meaning of a 'Design Icon'.
Mouret spoke of his 'iconic' galaxy dress which appeared on so many red carpets. He argued, however, that the icon was not the dress itself but rather the woman that wears it. "What I try to do is allow a woman to work with the icon inside herself. The body is an icon, and I create a shell for that body."
He discussed how that dress became iconic when men commented on how amazing women looked in it. "It is fantastic to be able to create a moment between two people," Mouret explained. "Sometimes we are frightened to be ourselves so we define who we are through products. Ultimately, fashion design is about a woman's fears - every season I try to capture that." The lecture will be available to view on the Harrods website later today.
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