Alessandra Rich’s fall collection was full of alluring evening pieces she designed months ago, when the desire to go out and have fun after two years of restrictions finally seemed to be coming true. But the dramatic events that unfolded in Ukraine have radically changed the perspective. A full party time must again be put on hold.
Rich planned to shoot the lookbook in a lavish location, but circumstances caused him to change his mind in favor of an abandoned factory, a bare, industrial space that “seemed more appropriate to my feelings,” she said. declared. This contrasted sharply with the provocative vibe of the collection, where Rich riffed on his repertoire of luscious Lolita-esque styles.
While the vibe is unmistakably sexy, there’s a fun element tones down the drama factor, like a little girl playing dress up in her mom’s closet. “I give my women toys to play with,” the designer said, referring to a strawberry-print mini dress with puff sleeves, or a bare-bellied cropped sweater embroidered with huge cherries on the front. Gingham, lace, built-in corsets and faux fur were also featured, along with heart-shaped detailing on polka-dot print midi pleated dresses, which the designer described as “more conservative”.
The same couldn’t be said for an hourglass-shaped Prince of Wales corseted longuette dress with a stilted white collar, a once wise creature that got the risque treatment with hip-revealing cutouts and high slits at the sides releasing the legs. It won’t sit well with the Duchess of Cambridge, who is a loyal customer, unless she decides to overthrow the monarchy by wearing it to a royal event.
Without going to such extremes, the Duchess could choose from a series of slightly more appropriate long evening numbers in black velvet, with a plunging sweetheart neckline, draped sleeves and revealing side slits. Maybe the Monarchy wouldn’t be so impacted by a touch of alluring, seductive, sexy glam.