Granny Chic: Simone Rocha takes inspiration from her grandmothers

Among the pieces on offer were dresses and skirt suits in powder pink

Simone Rocha's Irish granny Margaret Gleeson was partly the inspiration behind her London fashion show this morning.


She looked to the pieces worn by her elderly female relatives - Irish granny Margaret Gleeson and Chinese grandmother Cecilia Rocha – when coming up with her latest line.



The designer is among those showing on the last day of London Fashion Week today, with the action moving to Milan tomorrow.



Calling the range a “tribute” to the two women, Simone wanted to ensure she also injected some of her personality into proceedings.

“It's so nostalgic but I wanted to do it in a young way, it has heritage, but I wanted to do it in a way that changes it,” she told

“And really, who doesn't love a bit of leopard?”


Among the pieces on offer were dresses and skirt suits in powder pink. One skirt boasted a gather at the right hip, so pieces of fabric jutted out over the knee. It came in a pale coral shot through with gold glitter and was teamed with a crop top which capped sleeves and a plunging V neck.


Prom-style dresses with jutting skirts were modernised thanks to the fabric choice, which was almost transparent and overlaid with white crochet detailing.


Fur also got a look in, as it has on most of the major catwalks showing during the season so far. This time a yellow chiffon dress boasted a matching fur chest piece, while another outfit included a cream fur knee-length skirt and a white shirt with panels of the fabric stuck on.

Leopard print was used in a variety of ways. One of the most striking saw the flamboyant patterns featured on a furry pencil skirt, which was worn with a simple white shirt with making fur collar. The model boasted leopard-print ankle boots, with glitter brogues and velvet loafers other key catwalk looks.


Her dad John Rocha held his catwalk show on Sunday and took inspiration from  Wicklow walks in his show. 

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