The Rochas girl has always known how to dress like a lady, but this season, she upped the ante with a positively breathtaking entrance, gliding down the grand marble staircase of the Espace Cambon with perfectly coiffured hair, curled and side-swept behind the ear to perfection. Creative director Marco Zanini's tale of 'beauty and nonchalance' saw a coming together of ladylike knits, oversized cocoon-shaped opera coats and stiffly-pleated, sweeping skirts. In the case of one such baby pink skirt (printed with blue mini cabbage roses), the story of volume was further emphasised with the help of neoprene, which was bonded to double duchess silk chiné for a blowsy effect. The designer contemporised his 1950s New Look silhouettes with menswear-inspired, double-faced blazers, cut with contoured lapels, and a series of bright and cheerful, cropped silk trousers. Most notably though, the collection was a delightful exercise in palette exploration - a powder blue and specked peach number that opened the show was swiftly followed by the likes of mustard yellow, camel, mallard green, aubergine and Prince of Wales grey check.
Photography: Jason Lloyd Evans; Writer: Apphia Michael