With Robert Rodriguez, in the dress he sent me!

With Robert Rodriguez

Waiting for the shows to start!

Cesar Galindo showing his collection benefiting World AIDS Day

Bibhu Mohapatra

With Matt Repicky of Robert Rodriguez Collections

Robert Rodriguez Finale!

With Monica of Classy & Fabulous

The Outfit – Robert Rodriguez Leather Dress (similar here), Valentino Pumps, Tory Burch clutch (not pictured)

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15 Minutes with Robert Rodriguez – The Interview

I know Christian Dior was a major influence on your decision to start a career in fashion. What other things influence you in your designs?

I’m very inspired by many things… Architecture, art, just beautiful things. You know, sometimes I just get a reference of something…even something as simple as a flower or a piece of rock. I always go with my gut, so really anything that I feel is right.

Out of your pre-fall and fall collections, which piece is your absolute favorite and why?

You’re wearing one of them! My leather pieces are amazing, like I love the leather trench – it’s one of my favorite pieces. I would style it with a t-shirt, dress the leather down a little bit.

With all of the major fashion week events coming to a close all around the world, which trends from the Spring/Summer 2012 runway collections are you most excited about?

One of the things I was inspired by for spring was the 50’s and early 60’s, which is what my collection is all about. I found that this has been the major trend in Europe – all very retro. I like that I’m seeing this femininity coming back. Spring for me was all about color, so lots and lots of color!

Your pieces have been featured on a number of A-list celebrities. If there were one person you could style or design a dress for, who would it be?

Lady Gaga. She would be one that I would love to dress because she’s so out there and I think I would have fun with her.

What do you have planned for the rest of 2011?

We have LA fashion week next week and we’re doing a show in Brussels for the US Embassy. Those are really the next big things. Come spring we’ll see what happens!

You currently have three different labels under the Robert Rodriguez collection. Are there any plans to expand your lines to include handbags, jewelry, etc anytime soon?

We are thinking of doing accessories, handbags and shoes. I think you should expect them sometime next year!

What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in fashion?

Never give up and stay true to yourself.

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