Among the household names to show their collections at Fashion Houston is Robert Rodriguez. Trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the designer has launched three labels, Robert Rodriguez, The Black Label a collection of evening wear, and Robbi and Nikki, a younger take on Rodriguez’s signature designs. This evening October 13, 2011, Rodriguez’ Resort 2012 Collection will grace the runway in Wortham Center, only to proceed his Houston visit Friday with an appearance at Neiman Marcus. Anxiously awaiting a preview of the collection, Cinched at the Waist asks Rodriguez about his first visit to Houston, designing process, and the most important lesson he has learned.
Cinched: Is this your first visit to Houston?
RR: This is my first time visiting Houston and I am really excited to see and meet all of the fabulous women of Houston. It is important for me to really get to know them and understand what their needs are. I always get great feedback from my customers when I show a collection and that is so special to me.
|Robert Rodriguez Wide leg Pleated Pants|
Cinched: I'm a huge fan of your leather pieces this fall (the leather bow jacket, and leather bow dress)- Will the show on Thursday feature pieces from your Fall collection, Spring, or a medley of both?
RR: Thank you for loving my leathers, those pieces are from my Pre-Fall collection which you can find in stores now! [Neiman Marcus, Tootsies] At Fashion Houston we will be showing our resort collection which I am also very excited about.
|Belted Leather Dress|
Cinched: When you design, what is more important, the process or result?
RR: I think both are important -- the design process takes a lot of planning and creativity, always thinking of what is next. This is very important for me because it then really tells you what the end result will be.
|Blouse with Petal Applique|
Cinched: For whom do you design? How do you see the Robert Rodriguez Collection wearing gal?
RR: I design for real women, and I love seeing my clothes on all types. I love designing real wearable clothes and don’t really believe in one particular muse. This point of view has always been successful for me.
Cinched: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
RR: That’s simple, always stay true to yourself and your beliefs.
images provided per robert rodriguez collection