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Christopher John Rogers is the fashion designer on the rise. In an interview with L'Officiel, Rogers spoke about when he first wanted to be a designer, saying "When I was in elementary school. My friends and I used to draw comic books and make little characters all the time. I started to investigate what clothing and costume could mean for a character and their personality, and how it could imbue them with some new powers they didn't have before. That's when I started thinking about fashion as a medium for expression. After that moment, I started going on YouTube and looking up old fashion shows. McQueen shows from the 90s and early 2000s, and John Galliano. I got really enraptured with the idea of creating a world and performing theater. Really creating entire fantasies, not just the clothes."

When asked about his personal connection with jewelry, Rogers said, "My grandmother had a ton of jewelry and she definitely loved it, loved it, loved it. She always dressed monochromatically and presented herself in head-to-toe one color, so whether it was costume jewelry that was red that matched her red suit, or it was diamonds that she wore with an all-white ensemble, it was really for her about self-expression and not really taking it too seriously. That aesthetic and that point of view has manifested itself into the work that I do."

"Color is the way that I see the world, more than any specific reference, any decade, or type of garment, or silhouette. It's a way to make people feel happy," said Rogers concerning his love of color. "It's what has always made me feel happy. My fifth grade school picture was me in head-to-toe yellow, which looking back, was hilarious. And my mom was like, "I don't know what you're wearing." 

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When asked what it was like to work with Alek Wek on her latest project, he said, "Alek is one of my top inspirations. Whenever I think of high glam and high fashion, I think of Alek. And that’s definitely something that we’re all about here at CJR is self-expression, taking up space, being glamorous wherever you go. So whether it is a black tie event or you’re just walking down the street to grab a carton of milk, fashioning yourself in a way that allows you to be most yourself."

Information originally sourced from L'Officiel.