WHO: Roland Mouret
IN A NUTSHELL: The theme of wrapping up in style for Autumn/Winter continued in Paris this morning, as Roland Mouret presented his new collection. Inspired by the coldest year on record in the French capital, Mouret taught us how to cover up in the cold weather, albeit, in a very stylish way. Reflecting on the 1947 'big freeze', he said in his show notes, "There was a sense of contradiction between a new rising elegance, an haute couture attitude, whilst others struggled to keep warm".
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: Origami style folds and pleats added razor sharp edges to blazers and coats, while furs and feather collars added to the idea of "building a barrier around yourself". There were slinky, hip-hugging dresses in sherbet shades for those that aren't afraid of the cold (some with reindeer shapes imprinted on them), but it was the flared skirts worn with military-inspired, belted jackets and peplum tops that made us want to be part of the Mouret army. That, and the six new styles of 'R' shoes from his first footwear collection.
F-ROW: Hamish Bowles, Natalie Massanet, Suzy Menkes.
VERDICT: While the shape of the feminine form is usually hidden under the layering of clothes, the sharp lines of Mouret's impeccable tailoring meant that he got the balance between wrapping up and staying chic spot on. We know who we want to dress us next season.
More from Roland Mouret's collection below: