Sunday 26 February 2017

Simone secures her place as ultimate 'style crush'

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Models present Simone Rocha's creations at her spring/summer catwalk show at London Fashion Week. Photo: Getty Images
Models present Simone Rocha's creations at her spring/summer catwalk show at London Fashion Week. Photo: Getty Images

Simone Rocha's weekend triumph at London Fashion Week fast-forwards her to major "crush status" with modern, alternative brides.

She opened her Saturday show with a stunning array of what she later described as "communion girls".

Models were photographed outside Southwark Cathedral in an array of broderie-anglaise, deconstructed tulle and collapsing tailoring.

Guests were seduced by her opening look of a broderie-anglaise belted trench with crystal-heeled welly boots followed by a cotton poplin coat, bias-cut dress and mismatched pearl and crystal earrings.

Let's not forgot those lace cutwork gloves that added a demure touch to sheer dresses boasting a touch of Gothic Lolita crossed with historical romance references such as Elizabethan leg o' mutton sleeves.

She showcased in Southwark Cathedral - not that Ms Rocha needed any last-minute prayers for divine assistance.

This Dublin-born designer can rely on a strong sense of her signature handwriting which she builds every season with embroidered tulles, luxury shoes and innovative surface detail.

JW Anderson's SS17 collection was very girly, with softer silhouettes, and he too featured leg o'mutton sleeves in his Saturday show.

Richard Malone from Wexford wowed at the Fashion East show on Saturday with sporty striped looks in a distinctive shade of blue which has been renamed Malone Blue.

Fans of Zoe Jordan's KNITLAB sweaters are in for a treat again next season as the Dublin-born designer devises more bows, textures and a bandeau style in her slouchy elegant looks.

She didn't go for an LFW presentation slot as she is only days away from the birth of her third child. Her busy life is reflected in her design approach.

"SS17 is the most honest and straight-talking in terms of design and approach," she said.

"It's fresh and luxurious while still empowering. As my life gets busier, I want my collections to be clean, refined and increasingly versatile."

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