You Need Christopher John Rogers’ Beautiful, Bold Clothes In Your Life

Womenswear done right

Photographed by Collins Nai

Christopher John Rogers has an eye for flair. It all started in the fourth grade when he would draw graphic novels. "Anime and manga were kind of my original gateway to fashion," he says. "That led me to fashion illustration, which brought me to Style.com in fifth grade and really opened up a can of worms. That in conjunction with Southern-Baptist-church-glamour really piqued my interest early on."

Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, exposed the designer to an environment where culture was shaped by celebrations, gathering, and parties; having the privilege to attend diverse and progressive schools contributed as an influence to Rogers' interest in fashion and imbued a wish to bring joy into his clothes. "I’ve also always been surrounded by people of different backgrounds and outlooks on life, so I tend to keep the idea of any type of person wearing my clothes—any color, body type, gender, whatever. I like to give people options," he adds.

Rogers moved to New York City after studying at the School of Fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, a transition which gave him even more exposure to indigenous cultures across the globe. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Rogers has a new lookbook for his latest collection, which we have the honor of debuting today. It was photographed by Collins Nai and will completely blow away you away with its innovative designs. Check the phototographs out and learn more about the man behind the clothes in the gallery, below. 

Photographed by Collins Nai

Makeup by Amanda Wilson

Hair by Wade Lee

Manicure by Tori H

Model: Aira Ferrera with SUPREME

 

Photographed by Collins Nai, Coat by Christopher John Rogers with Saga Furs, Boots by Alexander Wang, Jewelry by Martine Ali.
What made you want to pursue a career as a designer?
It was one of the fields where I could really blend all of my passions together, and do it pretty well. More than this idea of “fashion,” I’m really inspired by color, movement, drama, developing a mood, and creating a moment. I love painting and dance and sculpture as well, but fashion is just what I fell into. I’m obsessed.
Can you tell me about your full background in fashion? 
I just started doing fashion illustrations in elementary school and really refined my craft and understanding of basic fashion concepts by the end of middle school. I did a lot of research myself. I did a few fashion shows will full collections (blouses, skirts, jackets, trousers) during high school, and ended up going to university for it. I knew that in order to really pursue this as a viable career, I needed to go to school.