The Clothes: Rochas designer Marco Zanini cooked up something at once sporty and ’60s prom dress-y for spring 2013. Tennis whites (and by that we mean boxy cotton tops over shorts, brocade shells with pointy white collars underneath, polo sweater tops over satin skirts), morphed into couture shapes on evening wear. Zanini’s Rochas girl always has a healthy dose of quirk so the ladylike ’60s eveningwear–full ball skirts in fire engine red, giant capes, and sheer long pleated skirts–was balanced out with sporty crop tops, white leather wrestling shoes, and retro high-waisted bikinis. It almost looked like girls playing dress up in their socks. Adorable yet not overly saccharine.
The Hair & Makeup: Models sported a bright poppy lip and bold brows. Pin straight hair was loosely held together in a very low ponytail and was sometimes covered in a pom pom-adorned super-wide verging-on-vision-obscuring head wrap.
The Soundtrack: Beach Boys. So cheery and fun. The track sounded like a tape of a recording session complete with side commentary and stop and starts and a capella harmonizing from the Boys.
The Vibe: It started pouring right before the show and everyone got caught it in. Unless you’re Dita Von Teese carrying a fox head Burberry umbrella or Susie Lau wearing a “beige vinyl sou’wester” (come on Cathy Horyn, don’t you know Susie Bubble?) umbrellas are so not chic and do not fit into purses. Everyone got to the impressive show space at the Grand Palais totally soaked.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker
WTF Moment: Marco Zanini is a hipster with mutton chops. Who knew? He also threw up a peace sign as he took his bow. We like.