Roland Mouret inspired by Catherine Deneuve for Autumn Winter 2013 DECORPARIS – French fashion designer Roland Mouret says his Autumn Winter 2013 collection was inspired by glamorous screen icon Catherine Deneuve.

The esteemed designer, who is also a haute couture designer, showed his latest ready-to-wear collection at Hôtel Westin for Paris Fashion Week’s Autumn Winter 2013 event, and revealed the inspiration behind his newest catwalk offering.

“I’ve realised how much this city influences me, I’ve become more Parisian. There is something so special here and what fashion is about – it’s not like Milan or New York,” he explained backstage before the show, according to “This collection is a journey. It’s the little black dress, leopard print, red and black, the make-up.”

Mouret’s playful and womanly show was steeped in colour – from blues and reds to chic monochrome the Parisian women are so famed for wearing.

Textures, transparencies and prints also featured, with one model wearing an asymmetric dress boasting a swirled grey pattern, while another showed off her slender frame in a sexy leopard print top.

The catwalk show was based on Deneuve’s glamorous 1983 film The Hunger, so models strutted down the catwalk wearing shoulder pads and garish eye make-up to highlight the iconic era.

Tailored skirts and trousers and chic boxy jackets were the order of the day, while animal print accents added a hint of sex appeal to the otherwise clean lines. The glamorous silhouettes boasted interesting square details and panelling.

“I focused on … an ‘air de danger’,” Mouret explained. “I’m challenging myself with the silhouette. It’s still quite body-con but without the waist emphasis. It’s more military, there’s a quirkiness to trousers. It’s weird, at my age, I’m still learning,” he added of the shapes included in his latest catwalk collection.