Roland Mouret on Pot-au-feu

We are obsessed with everything Roland Mouret designs; it’s no secret. His store opening last year on the Upper East Side sent us on a race for who’d get up there first, and it turns out the designer is quite the foodie. Mouret let us in on his ideal food day, his Mom’s pot-au-feu and why quinoa is the new potato…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

I would do an entire day at London’s Borough Market, going around to each stall trying everything from fresh dairy, cheeses, chorizos, wines, and fresh fish.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I have a special place in my heart for Kefalonia, Greece. And I can’t travel without my husband.

What’s the difference between the way men and women approach getting dressed? 

Women dress for all eyes; men dress for their eyes only.

If you could give one piece of advice to women dressing themselves in the morning, what would it be? 

Your skin should always look clean and fresh.

Advice you’d give to your sixteen-year-old self…

Don’t worry, it will all happen.

The color you’ve never liked and why…

I believe in color therapy – that each color has a reason and purpose.

What was your favorite childhood recipe? 

My Mother’s Pot-au-feu.

What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a restaurant? 

The staff, of course!

How was the experience of opening a store in New York?

Opening a new store, especially in New York, is an indescribable feeling. It’s part exhilaration, pride, and uncertainty, but mainly pure joy.

Are collaborations (like the one you did with Banana Republic) a good way to do a lower line without actually committing to doing one? Would you ever do a lower line? 

Collaborations give me the opportunity to reach out to a whole new customer, and expand my creativity. Collaborations are also challenges, which are creatively important to any designer. As for a lower line, never say never!

Advice to designers who want to open a store and haven’t yet…

Focus on budget, not ego.

Do you see yourself doing wearables? Why or why not? 

I’m completely open to what the future brings in terms of the way people will dress….

What’s something you want to see on the red carpet that you haven’t seen yet? 

I would like to see more all in ones (jumpsuits) on the red carpet. They are the new gowns.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

NYC: Sant Ambroeus in Soho. The excellent food equals their excellent service – very sexy.

London: The Wolseley – I’m a creature of habit, and this place allows me to indulge without every feeling bored.

Paris: Brasserie Lipp – a truly authentic French brasserie, and one that every city tries to copy.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ right now?

Quinoa is ‘the new potato’.

*Roland Mouret, photographed at Bemelman’s Bar in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.