Copywriter and fashion editor Marie-Cybèle Muysers lends her bold energy and sense of cool to our latest #WomenInMouret series. Shot by documentary photographer Vianney Le Caer, Marie wears the Autumn Winter 2018 collection amidst the streams and hubbub of London’s streets, capturing the motion and spark of daily city life, as well as the confident Roland Mouret spirit.
Having been born in Paris and raised in India and America, there is little doubt that Marie’s travelled eye has propelled a penchant for storytelling and unique writing talent. Her effortless style sensibility spells androgyny in day-to-day dress-up, charged up with occasional splices of ultra-feminine detail – an archetypal facet of the Roland Mouret woman.
We caught up with Marie to talk fashion theatrics, the Roland Mouret silhouette, her most memorable interview and more. Read our Q&A below.
Why did you initially want to work in fashion?
I fell into fashion by accident. I was always into writing then after university I moved to Paris, where I was born, as I wanted to reconnect. I met one person, then that led on to another thing and before I knew it, I was in the circuit and it went from there.
What was it that attracted you to fashion particularly?
I’ve always been drawn to the theatrical aspect of fashion since childhood. My mother was particularly well dressed and I remember watching her getting ready and always being very elegant.
You mentioned you were born in Paris and then moved to London?
I was born in Paris and grew up in India and America before coming to the UK. I spent the last 8 years in Paris; it’s a fairly small place so I wanted to come back to London to see what was happening here. London is so much bigger with more opportunities and a very different energy, so I wanted to tap back into that.
How has your diverse background inspired you?
I feel extremely lucky that my parents moved around as much as they did because it meant that I was able to experience so many different cultures and collect so many references over the years. I think it’s allowed me to navigate new situations more easily – wherever I am, I feel like I belong.
What is your secret London haunt – where are we most likely to find you?
When I do have time to spare, I tend to go to places like Highgate forest to actually get away from it all. I also love the City at the weekend, very early in the morning when there’s hardly no one there – it’s like walking through the biggest film set you’ve ever seen or a ghost town with this beautiful contrast between old and modern.
How did you evolve your writing talent?
I work mainly as a copywriter, so I find writing fiction much harder than writing to a brief. The more you work within a set framework, the more creative you have to be. I quite enjoy the challenge.
Do you interview people through your work? What is your most memorable experience?
I do. I remember when I interviewed Catherine Deneuve, the mythical French actress. We were waiting for Catherine in her suite at Le Meurice, nervously. Ten minutes before she was due to make her entrance we started worrying that she may not be fully aware of the nature of the interview: that it would mostly focus on her beauty regime and the products she uses. She ended up being very gracious and took the time to properly answer our questions, so I was very pleased with the results.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say my style is androgynous most of the time. But occasionally when I do dress up, I like to go ultra-feminine and glamorous. Having said that, if I were ever to get married it would be in a white tux à la Helmut Newton!
How was your day shooting in London for Roland Mouret?
All the clothes looked great and I was very lucky that the style and fit were perfect. We styled it with my own shoes and accessories – the team was absolutely lovely. For someone who’s not a professional model it turns out to be a lot harder than it looks! Suddenly you don’t know what to do with your hands or your face.
What was it about those particular pieces or the collection in general that you like?
The silhouettes are quite surprising. They’re not always what you would expect and are often quite theatrical. We had this gorgeous red cape which was a real show-stopper. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pieces were very functional and I could imagine myself going about my day actually wearing these clothes. The attention to detail is quite lovely as well, with embroidery and strong colours.
You mentioned the theatricality of the collection and the fact that the silhouettes are quite surprising yet wearable. What is it about Roland Mouret you think speaks to and resonates amongst women?
I think Roland has understood that thing of women being multi-faceted. You don’t have one woman with one personality and one way of dressing. I think everyone can wake up in the morning and feel like a different person, so you want a variety of options to play with. It’s an outfit for every mood. You’re also not always going to have the same kind of day so there’s a lovely mix of very accessible pieces for the real world. They don’t exist for some fictional salon.
Yes, the pieces are wearable and you put on an outfit and feel that you’re becoming somebody.
When I recently interviewed Roland we spoke about this idea of having different personalities and even characters within you that you almost have to play. One of the ways you do that is through your clothes and what you wear, so it’s adapting and dressing for the part for whatever you’ve got to do that day.
To burgeoning copywriters and those wanting to break into the fashion industry, what’s your advice?
I honestly couldn’t tell you because I’m still learning myself! Certainly, what’s helped me is talking to people, not being afraid to move around different cities. Never turn down an opportunity as it’s always going to be an experience. I think over the years you end up building a network. It’s fine having a fixed ten-year plan but it’s also nice to wing it and see what happens along the way.