What better place for the unveiling of Stéphane Rolland’s, Haute Couture F/W 2012-2013 Collection, than the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, museum of architecture located in the Palais de Chaillot, not far from the Eiffel tower.
French designer, Stéphane Rolland, has often been referred to as the “architect of fashion”. Best known for the tremendous skill he possesses when it comes to the daunting task of constructing impeccable high fashion. Stéphane’s, love for design and fashion has been a life-long affair. Having sketched his first dress, at only four years old, it’s more than fitting that he chose to study at the prestigious, Paris at l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture.
Stéphane’s first job, at the age of 20, was at Balenciaga. He wasted no time climbing up the ranks by exhibiting his fine talent, and by 21 was promoted, and became the youngest Creative Director of menswear and international licenses. At 24, he left Balenciaga to start his own prêt-à-porter company with Jean-Louis Scherrer’s fashion house, where he gained priceless experience for 10 years as the official couturier of the house. He also worked as a costume designer, and in 2006 and 2007, was nominated for the esteemed Molière awards. Stéphane is now an official partner of the famed, Cannes Film Festival.
Stéphane perfected the art of precise tailoring, and had his own vision and philosophy on fashion and design. Thus, he made the decision to become independent, and start his own company. Since Stéphane is member of the Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture his brand can officially be known as a “haute couture” label. Summer of 2007 marked the presentation of his first Haute Couture collection, under his own name. His designs have since been revered in the celebrity and high fashion world, rendering an international following.
This year Stéphane Rolland drew inspiration for his stunning, Fall/Winter collection from Finnish architect and furniture designer, Alvar Aalto. Boasting sleek lines and flowing capes, this collection defined both ethereal beauty and exquisite engineering. By using an organic color palette, Stéphane Rolland exhibited that his clothing can deliver maximum impact with minimal form – the true beauty of the piece rests in the flawless execution of the garment and how the natural movements of the body can visually bring it to life. A parade of floating chiffon gowns made their way down the catwalk in rich camel, elegant ivory, and lush ruby shades. Also seen were impeccably tailored suits in opulent, jet black
Image Courtesy of Stéphane Rolland