|A matador-style vest and taffeta skirt by Robert Rodruiguez Black Label.
FLARE: Would you ever branch out into accessories?
RR: Yes. In the future we would like to brand the name more and become a household name: shoes, handbags, the full lifestyle.
FLARE: What can we expect for Spring?
RR: Spring was inspired by old Japanese painting. There’s a lot of embroideries and beading, but not nothing typical.
FLARE: Do you have a favourite look that you’ve designed?
RR: No, they’re all like my children…but some are bad children.
FLARE: Has there been a high point in your career?
RR: I think right now. I think right now I’m in the best place that I’ve ever been.
FLARE: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?
RR: I would probably either be an architect.
FLARE: Is there anything you had designed or invented?
RR: Post-it notes
FLARE: what makes a woman sexy?
FLARE: What is the biggest fashion faux-pas a girl can make?
RR: When they over-accessorize themselves. Or when you a woman wears exactly the same thing as what’s on the runway. I like girls that mix and are a little more eclectic.
FLARE: How do you feel when you see a celebrity wearing your designs versus the average girl on the street?
RR: I think it’s equally as exciting. Celebrities are just celebrities but I get a kick out of seeing regular girls wearing my stuff. I still remember the first time I saw a girl wearing one of my pieces.
FLARE: What are you obsessed with right now?
RR: My dog.
FLARE: What trend would you like to see disappear?
RR: Uggs and tracksuits!
FLARE: Do you follow any fashion rules?
RR: I don’t. I think in fashion, there shouldn’t be any rules. As a designer, you should always keep your mind open. Fashion is a fantasy. I think women love to play with different things and be open to different ideas and it’s our job to give that to them.
FLARE: What’s the best thing about your job?
RR: Waking up every morning and wanting to go to work. I have a passion for what I do and for me, it’s not a job – It’s an accomplishment, it’s an art. And I just really enjoy what I do. I really enjoy creating.
Robert Rodriguez Black Label is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.