Roland Mouret talks personal taste: Part One

Famed for flattering the female form, Roland Mouret is celebrating 10 years of his now iconic Galaxy dress

Roland Mouret at home
Roland Mouret at home | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

My personal style signifier is bespoke tailoring, all made in-house, mixed with the best of the high street: Uniqlo, Cos and Gap. My style embraces a bit of the 1980s, so in one way it’s a revival of my youth, but still relevant to me at 54. I like dark blue and I am currently in love with stretch seersucker. I also always wear my wedding ring, which was my father’s.

Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, £65 for 100ml EDC
Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, £65 for 100ml EDC

The last thing I bought and loved was L’Eau de Tarocco by Diptyque. Fragrance is about memories and age, and this is classic but has the freshness of youth. £65 for 100ml EDC;www.diptyqueparis.co.uk.

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is an old shepherd’s hut from a friend’s antiques store, Dix-Sept. I would like to transform it into a little bar in the garden of my house in Suffolk. I was at Soho Farmhouse recently and they have an old horse’s van that’s been transformed into a pub. It only holds five people. I would like a small pub in my shepherd’s hut. 17 Station Road, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EA (01728-621 505).

Mouret’s E Tautz pinstriped Whitby shirt, £295
Mouret’s E Tautz pinstriped Whitby shirt, £295 | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Dadam in Seoul. I was in South Korea on business in my role as creative director of Robert Clergerie. We had the best lunch. It was all about the meat – the quality was amazing. For a butcher’s son, it was a revelation. 97-1 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu (+822-518 6161).

Mouret’s two 18th-century medical vases, a present from his husband
Mouret’s two 18th-century medical vases, a present from his husband | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

The people I rely on for personal grooming include Alain Pichon, a good friend who has cut my hair since he started out 25 years ago. I am a long-term person; I like to develop stories with people. He also does David Beckham and cuts my hair amazingly. I also have manicures at Aromatherapy, near Harrods. Aromatherapy, 5 Montpelier Street, London SW7 (020-7838 1117; www.aromatherapyassociates.com). www.alainpichon.com.

The Cathédrale d’Images, Les Baux de Provence
The Cathédrale d’Images, Les Baux de Provence

A recent “find” is the art dealer Jonathan F Kugel. I met him through my husband James Webster, who is a sculptor. He is the fifth generation of Kugel antiques and art dealers; the family is well known in Paris and Jonathan’s father sold to Saint Laurent. When it comes to the art in my stores in London and New York, I need people who have his vision. I don’t necessarily want modern art – I want that eye of a legacy. 07747-133 949; www.jfkugel.com.

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The last items of clothing I added to my wardrobe were two 1940s-style large Whitby shirts from Patrick Grant’s E Tautz label. One is pinstriped, white on dark blue, and the other is light denim – brilliant to wear on holiday in Greece. £295 each;71 Duke Street, London W1 (020-7629 8809; www.etautz.com).

The site that inspires me is the Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux de Provence. It was originally a quarry in the mountains and is massive inside. In the 1950s they started to project artworks over every inch of the walls and ceilings – it’s spectacular. Jean Cocteau filmed Testament of Orpheus there in 1959. I am not religious, but it is nice to find spirituality through beauty. Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux de Provence (+334-9054 3865; www.cathedrale-images.com).

The best gift I’ve received recently was a pair of vases, from my husband. I like practical presents, and when he gave them to me he said I wouldn’t need them, but that I’d still love them. They are 18th century, used by doctors to keep their medical leeches in. James was right – I love them.

An indulgence I would never forgo is listening to Edith Piaf. I like to sing along. There is one track, Les Trois Cloches, about the three bells of the life of a man – when you are born, when you marry and when you die. We played it at our wedding. It catches me all the time.

My favourite websites are ones that stream French radio. I like to hear the same music as my mother in Lourdes. I love Nostalgie’s poet’s section – all about Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. We listen to lots of French music at home. www.nostalgie.fr.

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