3 “tips” to draw your seduction – Narciso

“When a woman feels sexy, mysterious and strong—no matter what she’s doing or wearing—it gives her a power that’s subliminal.” – Narciso Rodriguez


Art has always been a crucial influence on Narciso Rodriguez’s creative process. Fine artists and designers are part of the same category of intensely visual people, he has said, each of whom creates work with a distinctive point of view and discerning sensibility. “Fine artists, architects and designers are keen observers who produce singular interpretations and innovation,” says the designer, “Whether it’s a piece of clothing or a painting, the outcome is something personal and beautiful and it provides tremendous pleasure for everyone. People need and appreciate the arts; we all crave beauty and innovation.”

Visiting galleries and museums is one of the designer’s passions. “Going to a gallery and discovering a new artist—or  even seeing a new show by a familiar artist—can act as a starting point or shape my vision for an upcoming season,” says Rodriguez.  The designer has been inspired by artists as disparate as Lyn Chadwick, Cindy Sherman, Lygia Clark, Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter, Kim Joon and Carmen Herrera, among others.

Narciso Rodriguez approaches design with many of the same aesthetic concerns as an artist approaches a painting. Artists and designers both deal with the figure in space, whether as an abstract concept or not.  Line and texture, volume and form, and color are all important elements of the finished object. Drawing, as a kind of scaffolding, is Rodriguez’s first step. “Whatever I’m creating—from a bottle for a new fragrance to a dress for a new collection—sketches are integral to my process,” says Rodriguez, “I believe drawing is the foundation for all the arts; it’s a visual language with one’s own vocabulary and a way to create order in  a chaotic world.  For me, it’s a way to think on the page, to improvise and to record ideas, for example, ideas about the way bodies move in space or the way the body acts in repose.”

The palette also plays an important role in Rodriguez’s design process. He is known as a masterful colorist. As he has said, he “thinks in black and white.” According to the designer: “There is a strong graphic element to black, a mystery, while white embodies a purity; together they create an illusion and they’re both very beautiful on the body. They convey shape and silhouette effortlessly. From day one, shades of nude have also been important in all of our collections; a woman’s glow is as much a part of her sensuality as her body. Shades of nude—in this case, blush—are extremely seductive; they convey sensuality and fluidity.”

The colors of the three scents in the NARCISO fragrance line are carefully considered.  The initial fragrance, NARCISO eau de parfum, is a warm stone-white, inspired by a stone found on a visit to Aphrodite’s birthplace. This particular ‘white’ doesn’t just capture an aesthetic purity; it alludes to the mythical romance of the fragrance.  The blush color of NARCISO eau de parfum poudree signifies extreme seduction while black, the color of NARCISO eau de toilette, implies mystery.