Roland Mouret presents Fashion Week ode to free, sensual women

French designer Roland Mouret launched his latest collection in London on Sunday, aligning with the #MeToo movement in a parade celebrating femininity, independence and sensuality.

In the subterranean concrete lobby of the National Theatre, the London- based designer hosted buyers, journalists, bloggers, fashionistas and other Fashion Week VIPs to highlight his 2018 autumn-winter collection.

Models paraded through the ranks of guests following a labyrinthine route set to retro music.

Velvet corduroy dresses were worn with transparent tops; soft ties appeared nonchalantly tied around the neck; and lace socks were paired with sandals.

Mouret was eager to play with contrasts to explore concepts of femininity – – and his abiding mantra “…we all dress to undress”.

In red and black, in pale pink or midnight blue, his models subtly revealed garters and low-cut necklines.

“Roland Mouret proves that there is practicality in femininity, and femininity is a woman’s greatest power,” read the collection’s accompanying notes.

Mouret told AFP he deliberately chose fabrics reminiscent of the 70s — “still the highlight of women’s liberation” — for his latest designs as he incorporated the current climate into the collection.

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