Making clothes has always been deeply personal for the American designer Narciso Rodriguez—“My strength is my fabrics, my ateliers, my hands,” he once said—and the result is a self-possessed style that is timeless, realistic
and suggestive. Those qualities, the very essence of modern fashion, are now being celebrated by Zara in a special collaboration with Rodriguez, a prospect for women thrilled for his look.
The timeline of Rodriguez’s remarkable career spans over 30 and encompasses the great fashion movement of minimalism, of which he is a key architect. His best-known design, from 1996, was the wedding dress he
made for his friend Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, a slip dress so ravishingly simple it changed the bridal business and continues to be an icon of modern glamour. Yet, much of Rodriguez’s work gets better and better with time. The 25 items of clothing and accessories in the new Narciso Rodriguez x Zara, all drawn from his archive, are proof of that. Good design endures.
“This has been an amazing experience for me,” says Rodriguez of working with Zara. “It was great to go through the archive and revisit things that we loved. It also great to see them through Zara´s design team fresh eyes.
They are such a professional team excited about each piece and making sure the essence of the original ones are maintained.”
The Narciso Rodriguez x Zara collection reflects both his sharp sense of architecture and the intimacy he established with the body. What made a Rodriguez dress so sexy was not that it was tight-fitting or revealing, but that
the body underneath always remained free. “There’s a beautiful slip dress in the collection that’s bias-cut and with interesting seaming,” he notes. “It’s what people think of when they think of my brand. It’s very liquid. It flows
over the body.”
He also pointed to a wrap coat in black double-face wool with side slits and a leather sash belt. “The coat is extraordinary, it’s that meticulous.” And the designer was happy to see an engineered turtleneck sweater come back to
life. The black knit is sheer in parts and solid in others and has a built-in bra.
“Working with Zara is eye-opening, because everyone is so aware of what’s going on in the world and in fashion,” Rodriguez says. “They have really enthusiastic, energetic people, and they were excited about every aspect of
this collaboration. And that was fun for me—to see people who weren’t around when these clothes were first shown, now celebrating and enjoying them as much as we did 20 years ago.”
Narciso Rodriguez x Zara will be available from 8 September 2022 on Zara.com and in selected stores