LONDON — Roland Mouret is launching a signature footwear collection for fall.
The designer will unveil six styles during his runway show in Paris on March 2. Everything will be made by the factory in Romans, France, that produces the Robert Clergerie label.
Mouret said a signature collection had always been planned as part of his collaboration with Clergerie, which began last year. He will continue as creative director for Clergerie and said the two collections are completely “different in style.”
The new collection, Mouret said, is the fruit of 13 years of catwalk shows for his signature line and aims to satisfy women’s everyday footwear needs.
“These are shoes that women can wear day-in and day-out,” the designer said in a telephone interview. “They have a masculine feel, a daytime attitude, and they are not too precious. And, although they have a high heel, they are really comfortable. My challenge was to balance sexiness with comfort.”
Mouret has designed court shoes, T-straps, and thigh-high and ankle boots. Materials include suede, lizard print leather, and deerskin.
All the shoes have an “R” shape when viewed from the side. It’s formed by the heel and the curve of the platform sole. Mouret said that while the collection is starting with a small number of styles, he plans to build it into a “proper shoe collection” over the next three years.
Prices are expected to be in designer ranges. The collection will be available at Mouret’s flagship on Carlos Place in London and will also be sold wholesale.
Mouret said his big mentor when it comes to shoes is Azzedine Alaia. “You see his shoes and fall in love with every pair! They are amazing — and comfortable,” he said, adding that he sees his customer as a woman who has a strong designer shoe reference.
“She wears Manolo, Louboutin, and Alaia. She likes comfort, doesn’t like bling bling, and is looking for a good long-term investment.”