Friday, March 26, 2010


When Oliver Theyskens debuted his first collection for Rochas on the 6th of March 2003, Sarah Mower writing on raved "Olivier Theyskens, the prodigiously talented young Belgian, returned to the Paris scene to make his debut at Rochas and bowled over his audience with a show that was nothing short of magnificent. Having leafed through the annals of 1950s Parisian elegance, Theyskens proceeded to redefine the romance of the suit, cocktail dress and grand evening gown in exquisite couture-grade materials, making them relevant for a whole new generation." Editors, buyers, and the fashion loving public went crazy for the revival of Rochas but were a bit shocked by the five figure prices for many of the garments that may have used Haute Couture techniques, but were part of a ready to wear collection. Regardless of the sky-high prices, we all agreed that the collection was beautiful and we are happy to have many archival and one of a kind dresses from Theyskens brief and historic run at Rochas including look 35 below from the debut collection for Autumn Winter 2003. A tangerine melange of draped organza and ombre petals forming the skirt, the color, style, and quality of this dress (the construction is exquisite inside and out) is enough to make you swoon and even pass out. Our first archival Rochas sold almost the minute we posted, so who will be the lucky new owner of this runway sample of historic significance the from the first decade of 21st century high fashion? Nothing has surpassed the beauty of Theyskens' work at Rochas. Although his collection for Nina Ricci were exciting, the debut of Rochas hit people over the head with beauty.

Rochas by Olivier Theyskens archival runway sample of tangerine and ombre leaf organza. Look 35. Autumn Winter 2003. Modern size 2 (original model's sample)
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