This ladylike collection was a dreamy proposition for the season but also contained surprising elements.
For Spring/Summer 2017, Rochas’ feminine presentation floated on a cloud of gauzy, color-blocked, 1940s party dresses, evoking a deshabillé take on opera finery. Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua name-checked the work of German fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld as a source of inspiration for his delicious palette of deep jade green, citron, blush pink, periwinkle, royal blue, and taupe – shades which were stacked together in ruched and pleated layers. This ladylike collection was a dreamy proposition for the season but also contained surprising elements like button-up bowling shirts and twee twinsets.
This look was a contemporary update on the 1940s schoolgirl pressing her elbows into the counter of her local soda shop.
Beyond the pretty palette lay the realm of asymmetrically draped, ruched, and tucked dresses, which featured an array of lovely textures, like raised polka dots and ruffles. Paired with opera gloves, these looks were ready for a night of opulence, but daywear propositions in equally pretty color combinations made a case for an overtly feminine Spring/Summer 2017 wardrobe. Dell’Acqua presented his day options in cardigans, shrunken sweaters, bowling shirts, and pleated midi-length skirts – a contemporary update on the 1940s schoolgirl pressing her elbows into the counter of her local soda shop.
His “nude” selection was particularly beautiful and featured more avant-garde ideas, like an off-shoulder peplum top lined with contrasting chiffon and worn over a flesh-colored tee. Floral patterns also made their way into the collection by way of gleaming silk maxi skirts, sheer frocks, and a velvet embroidered shirt-dress. Saccharine fabrics and ladylike silhouettes made Rochas a pretty stop on the packed Paris Fashion Week calendar, and the looks will certainly resonate with the girl whose dance card is perpetually full.