Roland Mouret was in his 20s in the '80s, the decade to which he turned to find inspiration for his Spring 2013 collection. "It's weird, the collection, this year," Mouret said. "As a designer you're asked to predict the future and you have to have a sense of honesty. I went back to a troubled period, the '80s, when I was younger, when you believed in the future because you had to."
Lots of that '80s optimism crept into this collection. Shoulder pads, those old bastions of power dressing, were applied to most of the jackets in the collection, and architectural folds and pleats offered not-so-subtle pleas for attention on dresses and a few sleeveless shirts. Suiting here was strong and practical, but there was a lot of quiet flair in other pieces. For example, Mouret answered the season's call for leather by using mud silk and was sure to include plenty of midriff-baring pieces. They're just as on trend for Spring as they were in the '80s.