Romy Schneider’s character in the ’60s Italian movie Boccaccio ’70, served as Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s muse for the polished flair injected into the Rochas Pre-Fall 2017 collection. This bourgeois-meets-naughty spirit is what appealed to the designer.

“I like bourgeois, but it doesn’t have to be too proper,” mused the designer. “For me, style is right when there’s something wrong and fuori posto,” which in Italian means off-kilter and unorthodox.

The collection featured a short boxy cashmere peacoat in blush pink teamed with a see-through, sand-color narrow pencil skirt in flimsy Chantilly lace that left nothing to the imagination. He paired an elongated masculine shirt in crisp poplin with a slim midi skirt made of luscious python skin, topped by a classy pied-de-poule double-breasted jacket. Brocades were transformed into graceful cocktail dresses, decorated with an abundance of feminine bows and frills. Black bonded leather was sharply cut into circle skirts, contrasting with fluffy, shrunken wool cardigans cinched at the waist with baroque rhinestone-decorated belts.

The mood was kept vivid and uplifting, thanks to an eccentric color palette: neon yellow and bois de rose, peacock blue and Veronese green, cherry red and mustard.