After seeing his Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, there’s no doubt in our mind that Narciso Rodriguez is an “Icon of Style.” At Thursday evening’s Icons of Style Awards hosted by Vanidades magazine, Rodriguez was granted the highest honor for his outstanding contributions to the fashion landscape.
Notable guests including Rita Moreno (recipient of Iconic Woman of Style Lifetime Achievement Award), Thalía (recipient of Icon of Style Award for Music & Entertainment), Maria Cornejo, Catherine Malandrino and Selenis Leyva of Orange is the New Black helped celebrate the designer and other honorees over cocktails and seated dinner reception. We got a few words in with the (incredibly humble) man of the hour, whose take on fashion is refreshing and honest.
What do you do when New York Fashion Week is over? Uhh...collapse! We usually work for a month—six weeks—every day, night and day. It’s stressful hours, so when you’re finished you just need to sit down. I had a weekend and then we got right back on it. We launched a new fragrance yesterday, which was a huge event and preparing the next collection already. We never stop.
What sort of “goal” do you have in mind when you set out to design a collection? Lately, the goals have changed for me. I want to create pieces that are incredibly desirable and covetable. I want to create things that every woman, no matter what age or body type says, “I want that, I love that, I need that.” I think those are the things that designers create that are the most influential because they’re the ones that create the most emotion.
Why is this this shift from aspirational to attainable fashion happening? Fashion and the beauty of fashion is that it’s always shifting. Sometimes it’s for the young, sometimes it’s more for an elegant, older woman. Sometimes it’s for the lady, sometimes it’s attainable, sometimes it’s aspirational—but it’s always exciting. And that is the part of fashion that we all love.
What’s the one thing that completes a woman’s outfit? Her personality.