Rochas S/S 15
Rochas first popped onto my radar last fall and it has stayed there ever since. The brand’s hallmark femininity isn’t exactly my style, but there is no denying that it is truly stunning in person. Under Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Rochas remains ladylike as ever, but there was also a new sense of eclectic whimsy that put this collection firmly in the “covet” column for me.
Composed of airy nude, white, black and gold, Dell’Acqua created a sort of Victorian Sock-Hop vibe. Collared shirts emblazoned with a large “R” were paired with flowing calf length skirts and evening gowns alike. Frilly baby doll dresses in tent shapes were layered over delicate polo tops. Lace and organza were used liberally, in varying levels of sheerness, adding the slightest degree of subversion to otherwise angelic pieces. Small-scale floral embroidery and romantic archival bird prints were subtle, but helped to break up the mostly monochrome lineup. The level of detail in each piece is apparent, but I’d recommend heading over to style.com for some really lovely up-close shots.
Much more could be said about these clothes, but I think what really needs to be discussed are THOSE SHOES (and socks). Slingback mules topped with glittering pom-pom fringe? Amazing. Said footwear worn with “R” stamped ankle socks? If this isn’t a street style favorite next season I will be shocked and dismayed. The only real miss were the seatbelt-like belts worn atop the chest on several looks. With their odd placement and more modern look, they seemed ill-fitting in more than one sense. But it’s a simple fix to take those away, and without them, everything was pretty close to flawless.