At Rochas opulence rules

Rochas : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015
For more on Paris Fashion Week visit www.ModMods.com
Credit: Getty

Wednesday

5:25 p.m.
The first four looks, which include a chic peplumed tank and slouchy skirt with beadwork running down a ruffle on the right side and softly tailored oversized coats, get Alessandro dell’Acqua’s debut collection for Rochas off to a strong start. The clothes are chic and near perfect, causing me to drop my journalist hat and covet the looks purely as a consumer.

But things take a turn, giving way to a line-up of creations (they’ve now gone past the point of just being clothes) that are so weighed down with extra fabric, crystals and beadwork that a few of the models can barely seem to walk normally. I can’t tell if it’s the shoes, stunning stilettos with chunky clusters of jewels covering the backs, or the clothes, heavily embellished with stones and sometimes featuring yards and yards of rich fabrics, that’s causing the girls to walk in such a labored way. But it doesn’t do much to make a woman want to wear the clothes. By the end of the show, poor Malgosia Bela looks like she is dragging the enormous embroidered jumper and outsized ball gown skirt she’s been dressed in. All of the clothes are stunning, right down to the densely beaded gloves. But too many in the second half of the show look heavy and fussy, like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. That said, this collection falls right in line with the memo that clearly went out for fall ’14: glamour and all of the decorative trappings that come with it, rules.

The mood
Rich, opulent glamour.

The major trends
Dense embellishments, outsized volume, experimentations with texture and longer fuller skirts.

What this will mean for your wardrobe
Crystals, beadwork and trimmings galore.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Turkey: Voting begins in country's first direct presidential…

Some 53 million people are able to vote in the election, including 2.8 million citizens abroad. Until now, Turkish presidents were elected by parliament.

News

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Television

'Game of Thrones' livens up Comic Con with…

By Piya Sinha-RoySAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the…

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.