Rochas: There were more of those signature oversize overcoats chez Rochas this Fall, a few of which were fashioned in pale pink and baby blue worn hues and styled over camel colored overcoats and pastel leather gloves. Various slouchy long gloves accented nearly every look, in fact. Some came in pastel and others came with black spiky embellishments in true femme fatale fashion. Lady-like tops and skirts got a dose of edge in patent leather and some looks were worn with Matrix-esque looking glasses. A fully gold sequined coat dress stood out while other evening looks played with proportions in Gone With The Wind style full floor-length skirts mostly all done in various jaquards with hints of metallic sparkles. While the Rochas proportions and DNA are still there, it looks like newly-appointed creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua is taking this label into a slightly edgier realm.
Alessandro Dell Acqua
No. 21: Rainbow-hued sequins, anyone? For Fall, Alessandro Dellâ€™Acqua dreamed up a sparkle-encrusted collection for No. 21. There were sequined coats, pants, and tops layered underneath thin cashmere sweaters. Silk tank gowns were embellished, chunky sweaters were decorated, and clutches were smothered in sparkly goodness. On pieces that were simply 2-D, the melding of fabrics turned out to be brilliant pairings, like chains of beads peeking out under a chiffon dress. Tan lace was fashioned into a full Chantilly lace dress, and had a certain, romantically futuristic feel, while a plaid wool coat that faded into a grey fur hem was charmingly old school. Also brilliant was a green sweater hybrid, where ribbed met mohair, and all was thrown off kilter by a feather and beaded skirt, a look that translates much better visually. Merely a week before Dellâ€™Acquaâ€™s debut chez Rochas, this collection was the perfect prelude.