Monday 23 April 2018

London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha final year show at LFW.
Simone Rocha final year show at LFW.

Angela Scanlon

Simone Rocha (daughter of designer John Rocha) showed her final year collection for Central Saint Martins during London Fashion Week, and is a chip off the old block, it seems.

Twenty two students showed their collections at the CSM show in the main tent, so at roughly 10 outfits each there were close to 220 looks to digest. It’s fast and furious and while the talent is obviously there it’s got to be incredible to stand out and remain in peoples minds when the music stops.

Did Rocha manage to stand out? Most definitely. While some of the collections seemed gimmicky, rushed and slightly amateur Rocha made her mark with a well-edited, mature and confident showing.

Of course she’s been immersed in design since she was born. She attended her first fashion week in a basket, but there was a maturity beyond her years and a talent that stands apart from her Dad.

The collection was inspired by women mourning in the West of Ireland and wild gypsy kids. The hoof shoes made especially for the show were rocking as were the silver spike rings made from wire and safety pins. The clothes were minimalist and sharp in black and white, cut to perfection and daring in terms of their unconventional aesthetic.

This is the collection that was to make or break Simone Rocha. My guess is that she’s well on her way to being made and on her own terms.

The entire Simone Rocha collection will be available in the John Rocha store (Dover St, London) where she’ll have a pop up boutique.

See full collection here.

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