Stylish Simone Rocha seduces London
SIMONE Rocha has proved yet again that while she may be a chip off the old block, this second generation Rocha commands a very original, modern viewpoint.
The Dublin-born designer delivered a hugely polished collection to London Fashion Week yesterday.
Her 34-model runway show at the Tate Modern included everything from lustrous gold embellished checks to tartans, bonded neoprene and luxe, black ponyskin suiting.
The inspiration for her autumn/winter 2014 collection may have been partly Elizabethan, but she delivered her exaggerated hips in thoroughly modern yellow and olive snakeskin.
With youthful rebellion, she embellished the reptile skin dresses with beading at the neckline and on the curved hips, while her snakeskin suit boasted ruffled sleeves, full skirt and matching, head-turning laced boots.
Full of innovation, Simone introduced lots of newness, from the belted jackets with frilled sleeves to deliciously simple workwear and bonded wool pieces edged in amber beads.
Simone's seduced her audience at the Tate Modern with both desirable clothing and an ever-expanding collection of deliciously stylish accessories.
At 27, she is unnervingly wise in the tough world of fashion where creativity has to be balanced with commercial success and, judging from her installation at London's Selfridges store, she has the formula right with her pearl embellished clothes and accessories for SS14.
Later, across town, another Dublin-born designer with a famous dad showed how womenswear can be inspired by, of all things, fast cars. Zoe Jordan, daughter of former Formula 1 team boss Eddie, drew inspiration from the world of motor sports.
In her Chicane collection, Zoe, who is now a mother with two young daughters and living in London, has interpreted everything from the driving suits her dad wore to the emblem-covered tops you see around the racing pits.
Working with quilted leathers, she has re-worked the masculine sports gear and continues to explore what she calls "boyish elegance" with strong tailoring and covetable accessories.