Roland Mouret, the designer who created Kate Middleton’s most risque looks on the red carpet, is back | Popgen Tech
When Roland Mouret debuted his figure-hugging Galaxy dress in the mid-2000s, confident, body-positive women from CEOs to royalty were smitten. One fan was the current Princess of Wales, who, especially when it comes to the red carpet, has been almost as loyal to Mouret as she is to Alessandra Rich, Alexander McQueen and Emilia Wickstead.
Kate’s outfits are certainly chosen with royal protocol in mind, and her style is anything but demure. But when it comes to Roland Mouret — a designer famous for making women’s curves and contours look their best — she’s occasionally been coaxed into flirting with risqué fashion.
Take, for example, the off-white Ella dress with a cheeky thigh slit, which Kate wore to a formal dinner at Claridge’s in 2012 and then again in 2013 to Mandela: Long road to freedom the premiere of the film. Ditto the Mouret Nansen dress she wore to the 40th anniversary gala for SportsAid in 2016 – the royal blue dress featured Kate’s predominately nipped-in waistline and bold cutouts on the shoulders. Perhaps the boldest piece in the Princess of Wales’ red carpet wardrobe? The two-tone stretch kadi dress she wore to the 2022 premiere. Top Gun: Maverickwhich featured an amazingly seductive off-the-shoulder neckline.
The label was founded more than 20 years ago, but is on a new stellar trajectory after being acquired in December 2021 by Han Chong, the enterprising Malaysian founder of affordable party favorite Self-Portrait. “The label is like Self-Portrait’s big sister,” says Mouret of the north London headquarters of Chong, a brand founded in 2013, which instantly launched a line of signature lace brocade dresses and is now synonymous with glitz and sparkle in holiday wear. Mouret’s studio is adjacent to the Self-Portrait studio, where his designs for grown-up girls, such as structured lilac diamante dresses, fuchsia dresses and flared dresses and sharply tailored coats, reflect the designer’s distinctive attention to sensuality, comfort and color. The sparkling red sequined dress is a nod to Kate’s recent penchant for scarlet sequins.
On the second day of the Princess of Wales’ recent US tour, Kate was spotted visiting Greentown Labs, a climate technology start-up, in Somerville, Boston, wearing one of Mouret’s latest designs: a very pretty burgundy suit with wide legs. , paired with a classic Chanel bag to match. Our eyes are wide open for her next red carpet engagement – we’re hoping for something sparkly and sophisticated, infused with that signature Mouret magic.