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Christopher John Rogers on Refining Mistakes and Finding Color Inspiration in the Trash

The attendees of Vogue’s Forces of Fashion bent like an accordion across the stage as the mannequins were brought forward. One in a multicolored fringed striped dress, another in an architectural red dress, four faceless figures wore the ruthlessly colorful designs of Christopher John Rogers.

The designer took the stage with close friend and Vogue Runway writer Jose Criales Unzueta to break through the philosophy underlying the American luxury label of which Fashionista is an unabashed fan. Our editors raved about the joy and energy in Christopher John Rogers collections, such as the Fall 2020 Grand Runway or Resort 2023 that marked his return to the runway. Rogers himself has been highly awarded, with accolades from Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Celebrities like Beyoncé, Anne Hathaway, Jodie Turner-Smith and Sarah Jessica Parker flaunted his fashion. His designs are true art.


“When I first moved to New York, I came to Christopher’s apartment – he lived with two other people on his team… And you were just making all the clothes in your apartment in Bushwick,” Unzueta recalled. during the conversation. “And those are some of the funniest days. We were sitting there eating Double Stuffed Oreos, listening to a podcast or being the podcast ourselves, talking about the industry, talking about fashion, talking about everything.”


Despite what you might expect based on the sheer beauty of his clothes, Rogers has made a habit of making mistakes along the way.

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“Our first few collections we didn’t have the money to have someone sew professionally or make the patterns. So my team and I would make them in-house. We had just graduated, so we clearly knew how to finesse, how to do it. work out,” he said. “For example, if you have two seams, and you cut the pattern a little too long, and you sew it and you’ve already paid for the fabric, so you’re going to pucker it a little bit. So there’s something like a little pleat, or a little bit rush, a little ease, or something you didn’t necessarily expect.”

This happy coincidence is the result of ‘having to deal with it because it’s all you’ve got’. In his 10th and most recent collection, this has greatly influenced his design choices, he explains. His philosophy is characterized by an approach to fashion that is truly his own. A mistake is not immediately greeted with contempt. And color isn’t immediately ignored because it’s too loud or inappropriate. Rogers even says he loves the colors he encounters in everyday life.

“I like to refer to things that are not typical. So I like to look at a garbage bag or some kind of crumpled tote bag that a car drove down the street. Not necessarily because it’s weird, but because I’d be honest I find it really intriguing and beautiful,” he said. “I take as a post-it or I take a chocolate smear and that becomes the color standard.”

    A model walks the runway for Christopher John Rogers Collection 010 Show at Brooklyn Navy Yard on June 7, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York

Rogers uses color to lavishly bring fabrics to life or to challenge the plain and neutral-toned New York uniform (which I’m guilty of most days). Not only is it visually pleasing, but it also adds emotion.

“Especially at the time when I started the brand, there weren’t many people using color. And that was always one way I differentiated myself,” Rogers noted.

With a team of just seven, Rogers is now one of New York City’s most talked-about designers. From sassy evening wear to rainbow stripe knits, color conquers all with beauty.

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