It’s no exaggeration to say that Narciso Rodriguez is an icon of the American fashion industry. Born to Cuban parents in New Jersey, he fell in …

It’s no exaggeration to say that Narciso Rodriguez is an icon of the American fashion industry. Born to Cuban parents in New Jersey, he fell in love with clothes through the ladies in his family and was inspired by their timeless sense of style.

Since the early ’90s, Rodriguez has gained a loyal following by designing some of the most loved and admired women’s clothing lines. With his vision, he won the hearts of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker; she created looks that transcend trends and generations.

Rodriguez’s tailoring vision of a lady is largely rooted in minimalism, and his attention to proportion and attention to detail is unmatched. His profession has taken him from homes like Calvin Klein and Loewe to designing his namesake label and building a small perfume empire along the way. Rodriguez’s dresses in particular are quickly noticed; utterly feminine, beautifying curves, complementary but never dominant and strong…

Capturing the hearts of style icons, the designer’s architectural dresses and stylish overalls have a timeless, understated and thoughtful appeal. Now, his creations will reach even more closets.

Rodriguez has teamed up with Zara for a fall capsule collection that breathes new life into some of her best-known designs. The 25-module collection, all of which includes references from Rodriguez’s design archives, is on sale at Zara.

The campaign accompanying the collection makes you feel the nostalgia of 90’s minimalism. Natalia Vodianova soars through the air in plain trousers, jumpsuits and pleated briefs, all photographed by Craig McDean.

Talking about his collaboration with Zara on ELLE.com, Narciso Rodriguez said, “Which past collection stands out in your memory?” He answers the question “Autumn 2000”. “One of my favorite collections of all time. Inspired by Romy Schneider and the joy of dressing. The inspiration for this collection came from multiple Boccaccio ’70 movies.”

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Rodriguez says her favorite cut from the capsule collection is the slip dress. “It has been constant throughout my collections and is considered an iconic Narciso Rodriguez cut.”

“Who would you like to design a dress for in 2022?” “Meghan Markle and Zendaya,” he says to the question. He says that the Narciso Rodriguez fragrance that he will combine with Zara modules will be “Original For Her”. “It is my classic, signature scent. Very similar to this collection, inspired by sensuality and elegance.”

The Narciso Rodriguez for Zara capsule collection can be purchased at zara.com and in Zara stores worldwide. Prices range in the middle of $46-499.

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