Thursday 8 December 2016

Motherhood proves to be inspiration for Simone Rocha as she debuts latest collection at London Fashion Week

Published 22/02/2016 | 09:04

Simone Rocha. Photo credit : Ian West/PA Wire
Simone Rocha. Photo credit : Ian West/PA Wire
Simone Rocha
One of the creations presented by Simone Rocha at London Fashion Week yesterday
One of the creations presented by Simone Rocha at London Fashion Week yesterday
Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Motherhood has been exceedingly good, dare I say productive, for Simone Rocha. 

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Her daughter, Valentine, was born last November and with time off, the 29-year old saw things with a new eye. 

Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

There were show had us at Hallo! because Simone she opened her AW16 collection with a hugely covetable story of tailored tulles and tinsel tweeds.

Undoubtedly, there were added pressures on Simone coming back from maternity leave because her previous collection, the SS16 range landing into stores including Havana in Donnybrook, was widely trumpeted as her 'best ever.'

Simone Rocha AW16 collection
Simone Rocha AW16 collection
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
One of the creations presented by Simone Rocha at London Fashion Week yesterday
One of the creations presented by Simone Rocha at London Fashion Week yesterday
Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Simone Rocha AW16 collection
Simone Rocha AW16 collection
Simone Rocha AW16 collection
Simone Rocha AW16 collection
Simone Rocha AW16 collection

Her response was to knock it out of the ballpark- well, the grand hall of one of London's finest mansions actually. She sent out a powerful retinue of 41 models with looks that catered for all eventuality, from the gothic fan who likes sheer and has a passion for pink and red dresses to the lover of ethereal, unstructured layers.

And then there's the tweed aficionado who wants her metallic flecked suit modern and sassy ... and with a matching vanity bag and shoes too please.

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Captivated, we scoured the models as they passed through the gilded splendour of  Lancaster House wearing adorned fabrics and layered silhouettes.

Glistening, knobbly tweeds worn with deep pocketed, gold embroidered tulle and this look was finished off in masterly fashion with studded gold brogues, perspex heels and silver shoes with intriguing bevelled crystal heels. 

Simone knows her designer agenda. She knows her woman and  increasingly, her woman is an international shopper who has discovered the talents of the young Dubliner creating magic in London. 

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