Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: It was with an intimate touch that Alessandro Dell’Acqua presented his Pre-Summer ‘16 collection in New York – this portrait of intimacy was apparent throughout the lineup. Dell’Acqua was inspired by Dame Margot Fonteyn, the prima ballerina who was regarded as one of the greatest classical dancers, infused his designs with all the delicacy of Swan Lake. Exquisite lace, macramé, and silks were cut in simple shapes but cleverly pieced, creating dimensional plays on volume. The dancer’s “lightness, freedom and femininity is very important to Rochas,” Dell’Acqua said. The re- interpretations of a tulle tutu played back with a fine silk sweater was modern and incredibly chic. Frills and plisse also gave a nod to the ballerina’s dance wear but it was the dancer prints that pirouetted across tailored shorts and Pyjama pants that added to the sweetness of the collection. A welcome break came in the tweed jackets and sweaters that were casually teamed with silk cloqué and georgettes – so very lovely. – Lizzy Bowring
Theme: Lightness, freedom and femininity
Key Items: Sheer sundress, Plisse skirts, Pyjama suit, Relaxed car coat, A-line Shirtdress, Bow blouse, Full skirt, Tiered skirt, Sweater, Tee top, Lace mini dress, Shorts, Full length gown
Colour: Orange, Mustard yellow, Blush, Black, White, Pale pink
Print and Pattern: Ginghams, Ballerinas, Plaid
Trims and Materials: Pleats, Frilled edges, Duchesse satin, Lace, Cutwork, Leather, Tweed, Tulle, Sequins
Footwear and Accessories: Chunky platforms, Jewelled slip-ons, High heels, Silver sling-backs
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