For his first offering under newly-formed umbrella company SP Collection, Roland Mouret brought forth fresh energy, while acknowledging his brand’s heritage. “To exist in the present, you must understand your own history,” said the designer at a showroom set-up in London’s Claridge’s hotel. “Now, it’s time to modernize our signatures to reflect how people want to dress today.”
The resort collection is quintessentially Mouret, but amped-up for a younger generation, with vivacious colors used throughout. Floor-length dresses range from rib-knit cashmere with fluted skirts in lilac, to iridescent micro-sequin gowns in crimson and emerald. Midi and mini-dresses are gently nipped at the waist with ruched and cut-out details. The tailoring is particularly exemplary, with two-piece wool suits in jet black, camel, and magenta featuring exaggerated shoulders and matching straight-cut and flared pants. As a designer who’s attained distinction with his trademark drape and construction, the garments play to his strengths yet feel new with their off-kilter-ness.
“We’ve also updated our price points for the contemporary consumer market,” says Mouret. “It was a decision that made perfect sense for where we’re headed.” It seems that the brand is now branching out into the world of party-girl dressing, in addition to still being a go-to for workwear and cocktail attire. Could this be a result of SP Collection owner and Self Portrait designer Han Chong’s influence? Perhaps, but the turn is undoubtedly in keeping with Mouret’s style. Given that he was beaming while we discussed the collection, the changes appear to have given the designer a renewed sense of satisfaction, too.