Roland Mouret Debuts Bags-------
Roland Mouret’s Fall 2013 collection took to the runway in Paris this morning. But we visited the designer in his showroom a few days prior and learned that, for the first time, Mouret is launching handbags. “After 15 years of just dresses, its nice to bring out bags. And these bags are really…” mused Mouret, who was cool and calm before his show. Four styles will hit stores for Fall. There’s the Hugo clutch, which is named for Victor Hugo, the Monceau, named for a park in Paris, the Paris Paris (above, right), and the Le Sept (above, left)—both of which get their titles from nightclubs that Mouret used to visit when he was “young.” The designer told us that his bags, which come in rich fall hues (like emerald, chocolate, and burgundy) and textures (calfskin, goatskin, suede, and stingray-print kidskin), are all about attitude. For instance, he suggests the cross-body Monceau would look great with a cocktail dress. He also thinks a bag should be every woman’s best friend (and really, who could disagree?). Our favorite style happens to be the Paris Paris—a sweet, geometric bag with gold hardware. “Every good friend brings something to your life,” Mouret explained, “and Paris Paris is little friend that you can bring with you everywhere.” However, constant companionship doesn’t come cheap: Mouret’s new wares will retail between $1,195 and $2,595.
Roland Mouret’s handbags will be available at select retailers and at www.rolandmouret.com this fall.