It’s been a big year for Christopher John Rogers, and the 2021 American Designer of Women’s Clothing Designer of the Year 2021 has concluded by dropping a new collection that will surely delight his fans and customers, or anyone who just loves to look at pretty things.
For Group 009, Rogers continued to build on and develop the symbols and signatures of his namesake brand. The designer honed his client—”individuals who keep searching for the tools Rogers creates for independence and self-expression,” according to the group’s notes—and thought about the tools he wished he had in his youth. He contemplated growing up in the South and the willingness, decency, and connectedness that dictated how people were expected to dress, and married that aesthetic with more idiosyncratic influences: “An early teen spent browsing online forums, navigating video games and perusing individuality in second-hand stores” as well as balls Paper bags, trash bags and trash bags.
The group’s notes ask, “When one is forced to discover oneself through societal constraints and expectations about how one ought to present oneself, how does this determined feeling inform this experience?”
It manifests itself in a line full of timeless elegance and whimsical individuality: prim, fitted and haute couture dresses and tailored sequins in distinctive shimmering shades of green, pink and orange; Youthful prints like polka dots are meant to look like doodles on a child’s bedroom wall; Many different designs on the stripes, “One of the only prints that Christopher was comfortable enough to wear growing up.”
Rogers may be known for his cool way of popping colors, but this ensemble also included some of the quieter looks for those moments when the CJR client isn’t glamorous: a clean strapless dress, tailored suit, and a faded gray cabin; An oversized halter dress with matching cream-colored opera gloves; Black knit dress with subtle neon trim. Each with its own, incompatible qualities, these looks prove that Rogers can do so much without necessarily “doing the most.”
If you’re looking for an extravagant last-minute gift or want to make sure your first clothing purchase of 2021 is a very special purchase, pre-order the set from December 18 to January 9 at christopherjohnrogers.com.
See Christopher John Rogers’ full 009 collection in the gallery below.
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