A utilitarian approach to fashion isn’t something new, especially since fashion has oftentimes found inspiration in military uniforms and the like. But when designers do take on this reference point, particularly for womenswear, they always highlight the masculine aspect of such instead of softening the look for a more feminine consumer audience. This wasn’t, however, how Alessandro Dell’Acqua went with it for Rochas’ Pre-Fall 2019 collection. Inspired by Lee Miller, the model who became Vogue magazine‘s war correspondent during World War II, the combined both military tailoring and haute couture sensibilities in a rich balance of both luxury and function. A trenchcoat, for example, was cut in the bias to produce an A-line silhouette that’s more in-line with cocktail dressing instead of a military uniform. A tiered evening dress of tulle and Chantilly lace was layered with an oversized khaki jacket, further solidifying the possible harmony between the two styles. The looks were both sensual and strong, an indelible signature of Dell’Acqua’s work, and are bound to see an uprise in sales in the coming fall season!
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