FEET FIRST: Designer Roland Mouret — wearing his hat as creative director of Robert Clergerie — hosted a picnic in the sunny courtyard of London’s Rosewood Hotel Monday afternoon to celebrate the footwear label’s collaborations with London men’s designers Matthew Miller and Sibling for spring.
“London is currently the center of upcoming men’s wear talent,” Mouret asserted as guests sipped Pimms and nibbled from charcuterie plates. “Shoes are incredibly difficult to construct for [young] designers and we really want to help them achieve the looks they require.”
Alongside Robert Clergerie’s own spring designs, the Sibling and Miller collaborations were on display, placed on plinths amid potted plants. For Sibling, Mouret did a version of the Jasper loafer, in khaki green or navy blue with an orange welt, while for Miller he did a shiny black Derby shoe with chunky, serrated-edged leather soles.
Eva Taub, president of Robert Clergerie, noted that the label plans to collaborate with more young designers in the future. “London is a fantastic laboratory of ideas,” she said. “The fashion scene here is evolving and cool and free of convention, so…we want to support this great young, free talent, which helps position our brand in a cooler way.”
The collaborations with Miller and Sibling will launch in Robert Clergerie’s stores for spring 2016, and will be sold at wholesale.