Saturday 19 January 2019

Irish designer Simone Rocha nabs yet another fashion award

Simone Rocha attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Simone Rocha attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Freya Drohan

Simone Rocha continues to make waves across the pond: the young Irish woman was awarded the annual Fashion Designer accolade at last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

The 26-year-old was presented the award by young actress Sophie Turner at the 11th annual ceremony.

The Dalston-based designer is in good company: Previous winners include Stella McCartney, Alice Temperley, Isabel Marant and Claire Waight Keller.

Simone is the middle child of designer John Rocha who announced his retirement from the London Fashion Week schedule last month after almost 30 years.

The rising star (26) graduated from the National College of Art and Design’s Fashion programme in 2008 and pursued a masters in Central Saint Martin’s College London.

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John Rocha with his daughter Simone and wife Odette. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Her inaugural solo collection was shown in London in September 2011. Thanks to platforms like Fashion East and Newgen, her profile continued to grow, and subsequent collections garnered critical acclaim.

After a Topshop collaboration and a pop-up window display in Selfridges, things really went stratosphere for Dublin-born Simone when she was named Emerging Womenswear Designer at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.

With showrooms in London and Paris, Simone’s youthful and fresh designs, incongruous fabric pairings, experimental techniques, and trademark flat brogues have earned her a worthy place in the spotlight.

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