Christopher John Rogers would like to speak to the Law And Order costume department immediately. The crime drama may be high stakes, but its fashion is hardly high-octane enough for the 26-year-old fashion designer: everything is far too dark, grey and drab for his striking tastes. ‘When people would watch Law And Order, I was like, “How do you watch this? It’s all grey!”’ he says. “I ended up liking it because of the story, but I was like, ‘Oh, it would be so fabulous if this girl was getting arrested in hot pink!’”
The Savannah College of Art and Design-trained designer has a deft handle on colour, interspersing neons, metallics, Swarovski crystals and jewel-toned ruffles into his two-and-a-half-year-old brand with expert precision. So much so that he nabbed the coveted 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award this past November, capping off a whirlwind season of looks cosigned by the likes of Rihanna, Lizzo and Lil Nas X, to name a few. This spring, his Pierrot-inspired spring/summer 2020 collection will be hitting NET-A-PORTER, Forty Five Ten and McMullen.
Before sitting down with journalist Marjon Carlos at DUMBO House on Friday 13 December, he filled her in on a few of his favourite things. As you can imagine, they are plenty vivid – just how he likes it.
‘I feel like it’s a luxury to read. It’s really not, though: I see girls on the train really getting their life, reading novels, imagining the characters in their heads, feeling the fantasy, and I’m over here listening to Tinashe’s new album, which hits not only sonically but also... sexually! Still, this year I did read Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir, I.M.: A Memoir, which was eye-opening, enlightening, very well-written and self-aware. I always knew that fashion was fickle – as in, “One day you’re in, one day you’re out!” I’m already kind of mentally preparing myself for that. I’m not at all at the height of my career, but the eyes are watching me.’