I fell in love with the dresses as I was working in Harrods & we received them in Ladies International Fashion. I was lucky enough to get a good discount through Harrods and was able to purchase my very first RM dress; a mushroom coloured Galaxy dress. The beauty with the Galaxy dress is that it is so flattering, no matter what your body shape is; it's so cleverly cut, so exquisitely nipped and tucked that it enhances those who already have the curves and conjures them up for those who haven't.
But Mr Mouret hasn't always had such a smooth ride, in 2005 he lost his name through parting with his backers who owned 100% of the company. As a result, like many before him including Herve Leger & Jimmy Choo, Mouret found himself without the right to work under his own name. He enlisted the help of pop mogul Simon Fuller and invented a new label; RM by Roland Mouret. However in 2010 he bought back the right to his name. What I admire though is that even though he lost his name, the RM by Roland Mouret was still making it big. Because he wasn't allowed to have his name inside the dresses, he made sure that the designs screamed Roland Mouret. It goes to show how strong his designs really are.
|The great man himself|
The handsome french man moved to London 1994 and didn't create his own collection until he was 36 (he is now 50). Before he had worked as a model, a stylist and a creative director within fashion, his own collection was just bound to happen sooner or later. And thank the fashion gods it did.
His head quarter is in Mayfair, and Victoria Beckham has her own studio located right next door (rumours were that he was designing her dresses however I just think he has been a massive inspiration to her). I often find myself strolling past longingly looking over to the building hosting these marvellous dresses.
In fact, last year I did go to the sample sale, as with most sample sales the sizes are extremely small but I was adamant I was walking away with something!
Due to being curvaceous and his designs very petite and in non stretch materials I had a tough job ahead of me. An hour later I walked out with a brown and black creation that I had magically squeezed in to. It looked great, I could move in it, but only just. Which might explain that after a night out where I had been moving a shaking, most seems had come undone and the dress is now in my "get to the dry cleaner to fix at some point" for the last year. Heartbreaking.
|The show room in Mayfair|
Roland Mouret has succeeded where no nobody has before. To elaborate; the way the system seems to work is if you want to be a designer like Hussein Chalayan, Christopher Kane or even McQueen, you would have to be young, come out of Central Saint Martins, and you have to be wow. When the press then gets hold of you they turn you in to a superstar. But after all that, people might still not buy your clothes, so then the press turns the superstar in to a martyr, because even though the collections are not commercial you must be "so, so talented". After a few years of playing the tortured martyr you get signed to a massive fashion house.
Not Roland. He has no major design group behind him, he didn't even complete the training he started at a french fashion college in 1980's (he didn't even know how to create button holes when he started so he used fastenings with pins...) and yet he has created something as magnificent as the Galaxy dress earning the respect from women like Dita Von Teese, Victoria Beckham & Amber Valetta, to name but a few.
|Matching your hair colour to your RM is optional|
|The absolutely stunning Eva Mendes in her Roland Mouret|
|Not that Miss Kardash needs help enhancing her curves|
|My white RM by Roland Mouret, love the full zip at the back|
It's not only the Galaxy dress that has caused commotion; Debenhams conducted a survey recently where they asked women what they wanted out of a dress they could wear forever, when meeting the ex, your mother in law or attending a school reunion, any situation that requires a tried and tested solution to feeling confident and looking great. The dress they all agreed upon was the pink Moon dress worn by Victoria Beckham, a good block colour, hugging the figure in the right places, finishing just over the knee and with a delicate neckline. If they would pay the £2,000 price tag though, is questionable.
|Only VB can get away with teaming the pink dress|
with a pink ostrich Birkin
The new collection for Spring Summer '12 is beautiful and colourful; here are a few of my favourites.
|As seen on Katy Perry above|
Nobody says it better than the man himself;
"Dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress"
But when it comes to Roland Mouret; I think I'll keep my dress on, thank you.