The Fearlessness of contemporary dance masters Martha Graham and Pina Bausch inspire Roland Mouret for this transitional collection, photographed on the multi-talented rising star, Kota Eberhardt. Her dynamic spirit embodies the seasonal pieces and she tells us a few stories about dressing for self in a very intimate interview.
WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?
On the Island of Kefalonia, the north tip of the island… a fisherman's village.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A WOMAN?
What a time to be alive! It’s 2018, right? We happen to be alive when there is so much uprooting of the conservative predisposition of what woman, or what women have collectively represented over time. So, we get to represent for a new era; the shedding and complete dilapidation of this matrix that's been created for us, and create something that is brand new and exciting; that is formidable, that has integrity and longevity. There is no better time to be a woman- right now.
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
I have many heroes… many heroes for many different reasons. Aaliyah and Placebo for being sexy and edgy and androgynous… Then I have Prince who’s like "I dress for self”. Prince actually told me verbatim himself “I dress for self”, I love that. Don’t dress for others, don’t dress for the press, dress for self and you will never have a problem, because you are making decisions for yourself that you feel are best. Maya Angelou… I love her wisdom and her depth.
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED?
I feel my most empowered when I’m making decisions that I feel are the best decisions to make for myself… My father raised me as a single custodial black father, in white suburbia, so I had a crazy upbringing of being around someone who had to operate from a place of stability and safety and making sure that I was ok and had everything I needed as an arrow to spring from his bow of existence. So, to live fearlessly right now and operate from a place of magnitude, that’s empowering…. I’ve had to be, and have operated from fearlessness… so it’s been beautiful in the sense that through my experience I have been able to inspire and ignite that fearlessness in him, and make decisions that are best for myself.
There are times where my dad's like “You’re going to say no to that like, why?" and I'm like “No is a really powerful word Dad." No is my favourite word actually- there should be a book called ‘The Power of No’. I’m serious right now! And he doesn’t see it because he’s been very ‘Yes’, but through having a child that has found a strong sense of self and a strong empowered voice, it has taught him to be open to that vibe, and to let that flow, and to let me make decisions, and to trust the decisions that I make. So, it’s empowering to be a woman, but also to make decisions for yourself, as that's kind of like where I am. Just flowing.
I have a black belt… I'm a martial artist. I was trained to fight, but I was even more importantly trained to be still, and never have to fight if I don’t need to
WHAT IN LIFE GIVES YOU THE MOST PLEASURE?
I really love food, god I love food. I'm a total foodie. But also pleasure- being able to give back.
DEFINING MOMENT THAT HAS GOT YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
We’re getting really personal… My mother’s death. My mother’s death because I can only be in a place to talk about it… it’s not being emotionally removed from it… I’ve learned how to integrate that in a healthy accountable way, so that even in acting, I can pull upon that, and revisit it. Like, I know that button, but I don’t have to emotionally revisit it. My mother’s death is the most impactful thing that has ever happened in my life because it seemed like everything that never mattered melted away, completely disintegrated. I may have been on a completely different journey if my mother was still alive, but because she’s gone, it gives me a strong sense of purpose, in the way in which I choose to walk through life and the decisions that I make. I feel like she’s watching me.