Béatrice Ferrant is going full throttle in her bid to revive the men’s line at Rochas with the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance car race — the theme of her second collection.

There were orange boiler suits and mechanic’s scarves printed with a map of the city, and biker-inspired garb including fitted shirts with muscle-hugging sleeves and vents at the back. The designer went all out with the outerwear, from crackly cropped parkas in ultralight metallic polyamide to color-blocked bikers mixing shine and matte sections with numbers painstakingly “excavated” into the skin.

The highlights included a carbon cotton net pant with a raw waist in the same material as driving gloves and a numbered line of jackets in a scratchy screen print meant to evoke speed. The theme filtered down to more approachable jacquard knits and printed T-shirts with car number motifs.

That Ferrant is all about going the extra mile in terms of elaborate handiwork is admirable, but in order to broaden the reach of the brand she might want to ease her foot off of the pedal.

See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Y/Project Men’s Spring 2018: The collection was more merch-friendly without losing any of the edge.
Cédric Charlier Men’s Spring 2018: Called “Playtime,” the starting point for the coed collection was a sculpture by Todd Knopke.
Jil Sander Men’s Spring and Resort 2018: Lucie and Luke Meier debuted at Jil Sander with a women’s and a men’s collections, which offered a fresh, new take on the signature rigorous elegance of the brand.
Fausto Puglisi Men’s Spring 2018: Urban and baggy silhouettes met references to the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in this capsule collection.
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