Coming off of a win in Milan with his N21 collection, Alessandro Dell’Acqua switched gears in Paris. Trading in real-world femininity for one that remains on a pedestal.
There are no late nights at the office for the Rochas woman. There are no parent-teacher meetings or runs to the grocery store. No, her nights are spent going to galas in a voluminous a-line black gown or gold sequin-covered long sleeve dress. Her meetings are perhaps more clandestine in nature so that she can wear a boob bow tank top and get away with it. And her runs are to the gym (and/or the spa) to stay slim enough to pull off a mint green see-through slip dress and matching patent leather bra and underwear.
This was a collection filled with “occasion” ensembles that live in the most rarified air of fashion. And if it all looked a bit surreal, that was actually the intention. Considering that Dell’Acqua chose as his muse for the show Salvador Dali’s wife Gala, who had inspired quite a few designers during, and after, her lifetime.
Knowing this, the zanier aspect of the show can almost be forgiven. Especially when faced with the beautiful embroidery of giraffes grazing under a gilded sun that the designer created to adorn dresses and skirts. Or the craftsmanship that went into the polka dot tuffs that embellished a pristine white coat.
At Rochas Dell’Acqua needs to remember that as important as it is to have your head in the clouds, it is just as crucial for a designer to keep feet firmly planted on the ground.