Fall/Winter 2015/16 Ready to Wear collection by Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua for Rochas fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 04 March 2015.
Rochas celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and Alessandro Dell’Acqua began his tribute with a heritage collection for fall. He went back to the beginning, reviving the early work of Marcel Rochas — specifically, the 1934 collection dedicated to birds that inspired swallow prints, and generally with Thirties-inspired silhouettes. Engaging with some deep house history was a nice turn from a label that’s seen its share of differing creative visions in the recent past. It also gave Dell’Acqua a definitive framework, which seemed to help him deliver a more concise fashion message than he has in his previous collections, though he has yet to find the perfect tone. This was about refined femininity with a touch of the audacious packaged in retro-traditional silhouettes.