Narciso Rodriguez Opens His Archive for a First-of-its-Kind Zara Collaboration
Remember when being fully dressed meant wearing clothes not made entirely of spandex? When we changed out of our gym gear when we left the gym? For anyone longing for the days when the tyranny of athleisure hadn’t turned the streets of New York City into a sweaty mess of jog bras and Lycra bike shorts, there is a new capsule collection by Narciso Rodriguez for Zara.
For 25 years, Rodriguez has made the kind of clothes that the pandemic sadly seems to have killed off: minimal sheaths, high-waisted trousers, and narrow midi-skirts, along with the spiked heel pumps that look best with them. Michelle Obama wore Rodriguez dresses on the campaign trail and in the White House, and the curve-enhancing fit of his evening numbers made loyalists of the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Since Covid, Rodriguez has been keeping busy with film and television projects, celebrity dressing, and private clients, as well as his uber-successful fragrances. His connection to Zara goes back to his days as creative director at the Spanish leather specialist Loewe, circa 2000. “Zara was already really growing quickly, and I developed this great relationship with the [Ortega] family,” he says. “You know, my goal has always been to dress as many women as possible, and Zara does that. I thought this was a great opportunity for me.”