Simone Rocha hits the spot at London Fashion Week
X marks the spot and Simone Rocha was totally on target, delivering a very romantic SS16 collection on the second day of London Fashion Week.
Yet again, Simone displayed her genius for thinking outside the box and she took something as mundane as tobacco stains, ropes, binds and plastic cording and turned them into a triumph of textures.
The mum-to-be worked on references wire, grass, flowers in cars and a bride in the bamboo forest and turned them into something utterly exciting to wear.
Adventurous with fabrics, both man-made and natural, Simone explored a series of textural juxtapositions with plastic bodices over full, bouncy skirts, shimmering crystal earrings worn with ultra simple black silk dresses, and pink dresses dissected across the chest with black macrame braids.
White plastic cording was woven into bodices, bags and cross-body ties worn over tissue-light, white tulle tea dresses over deep-cuffed trousers.
Exaggerated bows turned up on shoulders, hips and morphed into bags.
The sheer diversity of silhouettes and undeniably gorgeous fabrics was fascinating: silvery embroidered brocades and black silks with the trellis surface weave echoing the wire motif on our invites which ran throughout the collection.
It was, as Simone explained in her show notes, about "ropes and ties and tension, unison".
It was the romance of it all that seduced us, especially the closing scene of moss green and white dresses.
Show done, Simone went off to prepare for the opening of her Mount Street, London, store yesterday.
She has to get a new collection on paper and then, there's the baby arriving in November. Busy girl.