After six years at Rochas, Alessandro Dell'Acqua has parted ways with the French house. The designer and the managment have not yet announced the reasons for this decision, but the years that Dell'Acqua helmed the house were undeniably vibrant.
Rochas has a different story from the rest. All the designers who worked for the maison did not seek to engage in dialogue with the legacy of its founder, Marcel Rochas. At least, they did not turn such a dialogue into an advertising ploy to attract consumer demand.
Rochas is about individual style with a spirit of aristocracy. Or so decided Olivier Theyskens when he took the helm in 2002. Despite the accolades his tenure garnered, Rochas suspended its fashion division in 2006, only to start up again in 2009 with Marco Zanini. A sense of aristocracy still hovered over the house, although this time without the rebellion inherent in the defiantly talented Theyskens.
Then Alessandro Dell'Acqua took over. Embroidery, lace, satin, flowers, fragility, and femininity... All these he kept in Rochas, but brought in his own take on luxury with vivid palettes, vintage silhouettes, and quirky accessories.
Perhaps one of the biggest news of the Fall/Winter 2020-21 season will be the announcement of the new creative director of Rochas. Forgive us for having favourites, but we secretly hope that Theyskens will return. It's also our hope that Dell'Acqua will continue to surprise with his own label No. 21. In the meantime, take a look at some of his best designs: