Rochas Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Paris

The style and shapes of the 1950s once again inspired designer Marco Zanini; however, for his spring/summer 2013 Rochas took the sporty country club route with white boxing boots and all. Producing a collection that had two distinctive silhouette options for buyers.

First, there was the choice for those with highly toned bodies. Form fitting knit polo shirts came paired with pencil skirts. Second-skin silk slip dresses and mini skirts covered almost entirely by tunic length polo tops, in stiff satin fabrics, were other body conscious alternatives. Then came option number two. This featured pleated maxi skirts in chrysanthemum prints worn with midriff bearing crop tops and jackets. Also on the menu were capes cut to mimic the look of a polo shirt and bustier ball gowns designed for cocktail hour at the club. 

The collection was sleek and chic with most of the looks showing up on the catwalk in a single shade (chalk white, pitch black, concrete gray, deep red) or the show’s leitmotif chrysanthemum print. But why Zanini needed to send out four retro lingerie inspired bathing suits is a mystery. One of them gets the point across; four makes one wonder if he is trying to pad out his collection.

Over the years Zanini has proven that he knows how to do the pretty, retro style extremely well. But it would be nice to see this designer stretch himself a bit more when the winter shows roll around next March.

- Jessica Michault
 

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