Roland Mouret has admitted he is not a fan of the "trend" for celebrity fashion collections. The designer compared Kanye West and Rihanna's foray into fashion to Karl Lagerfeld or Miuccia Prada attempting to become musicians in a candid interview with Press Association.
When asked about how he felt about celebrities trying their hand at fashion design without any training, Roland said: "I would like to know if Karl Lagerfeld did an album what it would sound like, or if Miuccia Prada decided to go on tour and sing half naked in a gig. We have a talent, I won't say whether these people are talented."
Roland Mouret said he is not a fan of celebrity fashion collections
Roland, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of his eponymous label with a return to London Fashion Week, added: "I think it's a reality of the time we are living in, in a hybrid period where everything is bankable and it's about mass production and thinking that it works. It works for a time, it stops after."
Kanye presented his fifth Yeezy collection at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, while Rihanna is expected to showcase her second Fenty x Puma collection at Paris Fashion Week in March. However Roland suggested that their motivations are not the same as other budding fashion designers. "It's the easy way to talk about the trend. It's a trend, it's irrelevant, it's depending on what you want in life," he said.
"I think if I talk for a young designer who is ten years younger than me, I'm sure they want to be celebrated for 20 years or 30 years and that journey is serious, that journey is complex and that journey has to be with a sense of happiness and is no more or less than the relationship with a person," Roland added.
The fashion designer referred to collections by Rihanna and Kanye West
The French fashion designer presented his first collection during London Fashion Week in February 1988, and returned to the capital to present his AW17 collection on Sunday. Roland celebrated his return to London by designing a special window display at The May Fair Hotel, which he described as a declaration of love to the city where his career began.
"I'm so lucky women have supported me through the years and wear my clothes. I was here when London recreated itself in the '90s when nothing was here and we came out, Lee McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and me," he said. "We were all that gang of young people starting in the kitchen, I never forgot it and I know where I started from."