New York: For his first Pre-Fall collection as designer for Rochas, Marco Zanini continued with the quirky-girly aesthetic that has characterized his tenure at the house thus far. Scalloped ruffle hems, tie-neck blouses and sweater sets were sweet and feminine, but offbeat accessories like long, color-blocked leather gloves, slouchy socks and flat loafers gave the looks a charmingly eccentric feel. The sole motif in the collection was inspired by a 1930s wallpaper pattern, and it was used on a stiff jacquard for bell-shaped skirts, wide-leg pants and slim-fitting tops. The 1930s also seemed a reference for paneled, bias-cut satin skirts and dresses in pale tones or black. Extra-baggy pants added a tomboyish element, while simple pieces like a peach tie-neck dress and boxy sweaters were appealing basics. Titled “Unconventional Glamour,” Zanini’s first pre-collection offered the just the right balance of directional pieces, quirky accessories and covetable wardrobe essentials.

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