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Simone Rocha: Fashion shows are like giving birth to really skinny ladies

Published 10/03/2014 | 09:08

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Simone Rocha attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Simone Rocha
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)

Simone Rocha compares showing off her new pieces to "giving birth".

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The Irish designer recently unveiled her Fall/Winter 14 collection as part of London Fashion Week.

When awaiting the reviews from critics Simone admits she finds it hard to cope with their comments.

"I'm not a weepy person normally, but, yeah, I cry... who came up with that idea?" she laughed to fashion.telegraph.co.uk when discussing how the international press critiques her pieces.

"It's like you've given birth. You've just given birth to 37 outfits, on 37 really skinny ladies and you're, like... [pretends to sob] But everyone's there waiting, asking, 'So ?' And I want to say, 'If you didn't get it, that's cool. Go away and digest it. That's fine with me!'"

Simone's latest range heavily featured plaid, gold and animal-print material with decadent ruffles.

There were also more fun pieces, such as a scarlet dress with a structured skirt.

She often uses the phrase "a little bit lady" to describe her designs and puts this down to her tomboy style when younger.

"I was a city kid. Lots of sportswear. There was a real-ness to it," she explained. "The look would be so different if people wore... Like, we wear a lot of trainers with the clothes. But if someone wore a stiletto we'd say, 'Oh no... you look completely different. You're goin' somewhere else.'"

Simone finds her approach to designing differs when creating alongside her mother. Her usual upfront persona is adjusted to suit her mom more.

"I'm very precise and headstrong. It's very funny working with my mum because we're completely different... She's, um, really nice!" Simone mused.

"I'm very yes or no. I know what I like and I don't like. That's how I work on my collection. I can be quite cut-throat with myself. I'll say, 'I know it's a good skirt but it's out. It's out!'"

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