Six years is a long time in fashion. In a world where trends seemingly come and go faster than the wind (or is it in?), and the new and novel consumes the fickle fashion pack, six years seems an eternity. Alessandro Dell’Acqua will attest to this, steering the house of Rochas season after season, year after year, with a feminine finesse both celebrated and canny.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model walks the runway during the Rochas show as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Yesterday in Paris was his last show for Rochas, his creative epitaph, if you will. What he presented was an experiential voyage into his Rochas life; one of brilliant colour, fancy embellishment, precise tailoring and girlish sensibility, a sumptuous visual feast to be devoured one last time.

There were the youthful drop hems, the bubbling volume, the crystal application, the jaunty print. There were flirty tea frocks in searing violet, off-kilter pleats, flocked satin, vertiginous bedazzled platforms, glazed shirts layered underneath more shirts (of the gem appliqué variety) and collars cuffed with glinting crystals.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: A model walks the runway during the Rochas Ready to Wear fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: A model walks the runway during the Rochas Ready to Wear fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: A model walks the runway during the Rochas Ready to Wear fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A swansong of epic proportions, his final bow was not marred by sadness, however, rather reenergising positivity; uplifting and full of life, much like his Rochas vision for the last six years.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Models prepare backstage before the Rochas Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
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