LFW S/S ‘12 Report: Simone Rocha

18 September 2011

For her first stand alone show, Simone Rocha (daughter of London Fashion Week veteran John) did not disappoint. The show had the polished finish of an on-schedule show, making us put our bets on her sitting pretty next season. Nymph-like pastel colours, sheer textures and raw finished edges that dominated the Autumn/Winter collection moved onto flashes of fluro and plastic fantastic for Spring/Summer. The opening clear perspex trench had white lace layers embedded within in to create a ladylike structural piece for the sophisticated, modern lady.

As for accessories, they were grown up at first glance, surreal at a second. Wrist gloves were just visible within a white sheer envelope clutch; classic lace-up brown brogues became elegant, elevated onto a perspex shard wedge. Layering became a reoccuring theme, styled throughout with fluro green sheer silk over white lace for an added punch. Of course, tailoring is always a strong point with a black wide leg suit and a mesh back.

Overall, Simone's collection was directional, refined and confident, unlike her finale bow that was shy and nervy. We say she has no need to be.

- Sophie Ferguson Jones


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