Rochas Pre-Fall ’13 shows Quirk & Polish

by Katie on January 29, 2013

If these looks are a taster for the full Fall’13 collection, then we are onto a directional winner that merges elegance with a new mood for volume at Rochas.
Known more for its evening wear (nee gowns), Rochas is another of those clever Parisian labels that has managed to re-invent itself (with creative director, Marco Zanini at the helm) and in doing so has a new wave of fashion forward followers who like their luxe smacked up with a little Bohemian know-how.
Multi-dimensional Bucol stretch brocades shimmer with gold and are sophisticated, yet the pieces are body-conscious and sultry.  A structured tunic – long, boxy and hinting at the idea of a sweatshirt – tops an oversized mini skirt. 
Sure, it’s an ‘out-there’ collection in that Zanini manages to combine the best of London/New York styling with the know-how of a skilled Parisian atelier polish. Take just one piece of this Rochas collection and your wardrobe is souped up tenfold. 
For me, it would have to be either the raised-flock, camo-like tailcoat or the gorgeous gargantuan pink trapeze line jacket and matching trousers. Yes, there’s a deep Autumnal palette with contrasting texture and the emphasis was firmly on daywear but that doesn’t mean to say that Zanini won’t have a few stellar ball gown aces up his sleeve come catwalk showing such as the beaut that is the half duchesse satin, half velvet gown shown here. Dressed down and worn with insouciance it looks stunning, but can you imagine the prowess to dress it up? Wear it red carpet and die.

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