ROCHAS IN FULL BLOOM//PARIS FASHION WEEK
Paris ... City of Lights, city of the mega-weight fashion houses-the conglomerates that rule the roost. It's the final leg of four weeks of fashion and the one that, some say, counts the most. Since I was a little girl I heard that if you want to do fashion, you go to Paris and if you're known in Paris then you will one day be known all around the world. (Still working on my plan here but I really hope I get an invitation to PFW 2017.)
Sooooo much stood out for me as I stalked every Paris show from my computer. Junya Watanabe's mathematical experiments in shapes and proportions were breath taking. The florals and furs at Comme des Garcons were all so super sized and bizarre but I loved it all though it would be really hard to wear. But the show that takes it all for me this year was the presentation by Rochas. (based in Paris and celebrating their 90th year) The colours are fantastic, the florals mesmerizing... it's all so feminine and bright. I loved the platforms with socks, all the sequins, and the amazing play on blending so many different textures.
Creative Director Alessandro Dell’Acqua elaborates on the cheerful autumn/winter line.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua: “The flowers, the colours, the romanticism is like the positivity and for me in this moment it’s very important. For Rochas in the past it’s a very dramatic situation, not a dramatic collection, now I want the lightness mood.”
Dell’Acqua sent models down a floral carpet catwalk in delicate pussycat-bow blouses trimmed with ruffles, but paired the feminine silhouettes with chunky platform sandals.
Black jackets and skirts were colourfully embroidered in tender winter garden flowers and swanky trousers were revealed in macramé bottle green.
And the return of velvet??! (HALLEUIJA!)
“Velvet is the new trend, maybe,” Dell’Acqua said backstage. “I don’t know why. Maybe it’s been a long time since there was velvet in the collections.” His treatments were rich yet delicate, all improbably lightweight despite their depth and texture. They brought a moody, dreaminess to the collection, which Dell’Acqua emphasized by making a major fabric and color story out of simplified magpie silhouettes.
The clock was turned back with knee socks in bold block colours and swinging bell-bottoms in a seventies-inspired palette of forest green and burnt orange, while a cherry blossom pattern was woven through the collection – from sandals to skirts and winter coats – making for a unified show.
The whole collection was beautiful and I cannot stop thinking about it !!
(Rochas Photos above are not my own; featured photos from Kevin Tachman. )
(Quotes from designer belong to W magazine)
As we wrap up four weeks of fashion my ecommerce @shopsamscloset is having a fun little contest. Show me how you would style your favorite look from the collection using the hashtag #sscstyle. You can find more deets on the insta.
Here's my ROCHAS inspired look!
(although I am doing grey and brown and not a vivid bright..I am still loving trying something different)
Jusqu' a la prochaine paris de temps.