Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: As a tribute to Rochas’ 90th birthday, Alessandro Dell’Acqua honoured the heritage of the brand, reviving and reworking the designs of the late Marcel Rochas. Dell’Acqua’s modern-day tribute referenced the 1934 Rochas’collection- dedicated to birds- inspiring ornithological prints and thirties silhouettes. Swallows patterned romantic silk dresses and featured as black velvet embroidery on an ice blue overcoat and a series of utility dresses and separates. Piecrust ruffles lined the bodices of pinafore dresses and tops adding a retro-whimsy mood, whilst Chantilly lace and feather trims were used in a playful fusion of old Rochas and new. Despite the undertone being of bygone eras, Dell’Acqua avoided the vintage-trap with modern detailing. Sleeveless midi dresses came in tweed and patched and pieced embroidery – lending a “make do and mend” motto, modernised by the welcome addition of a wide waist-cinching belt. Refined and feminine – a true tribute to Rochas at it’s best. –Anna Ross
Theme: Heritage Revival
Key Items: Pie crust pinafore dress / Sleeveless belted dress / Pussy bow blouse / Trapeze cocktail dress / Romantic chiffon gown
Colour: Military brown / Deep burgundy / Marigold / Khaki / Dove grey / Ice Blue
Materials and Trims: Tweed / Wool / Fur / Flannel / Silk / Satin / Chantilly Lace / Feathers
Print and Pattern: Swallow prints and embellishment
Accessories and Footwear: Double faced thick belts / Bead and fur embellished mary jane heels / Cubic cat eye sunglasses
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