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Sheer talent on display at Simone Rocha's Fashion Week showcase

Published 23/02/2011 | 05:00

Models walks the runway at the Fashion East Show at London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2011, which featured Simone Rocha's collection. Photo: Getty Images
Models walks the runway at the Fashion East Show at London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2011, which featured Simone Rocha's collection. Photo: Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: A model walks the runway at the Fashion East Show as part of the Simone Rocha collection at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at TopShop Venue on February 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

AFTER the success of his own weekend catwalk show, it was John Rocha's turn to take a front-row seat at London Fashion Week yesterday as his daughter Simone showed off her latest designs for autumn/winter 2011.

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At the Fashion East Show in the Topshop venue, she was one of three up-and-coming names who explored everything from Joan Baez influences and American colonialism to the work of Louise Bourgeois.

Simone showed minimal and deconstructed tailoring, cut sharply and with sheer panelling and fur patches spliced in, to an audience made up of buyers, press and art-school kids .

The attendance was a reminder of the varied melting pot of talents from which London Fashion Week is drawn.

The shows continue in London today, with a schedule devoted to showcasing the best of menswear, before the fashion pack jets off to Milan to see what the Italian labels have to offer.

Meanwhile, designer Joanne Hynes showed some Galway millinary genius at her London Fashion Week show , with intricate hand basketry hats woven from bog oak.

Hynes's all Irish show, entitled Les Guerriers, included nine digital print dresses designed by and using fabrics by Monaghan artist Helen Steel .

Irish Independent

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