Inspired by her grandmothers: Irish granny Margaret Gleeson, and Chinese grandmother Cecelia Rocha, Simone’s Rocha’s fourth collection showing at London Fashion Week was described by the young designer as a ‘story of respect’ which when looking at the well executed collection, certainly rings true.
The show, which took place in a circular concrete room at the Tate Modern, begun with sugary pink ladylike silhouettes, set off with clompy flat shoes (something of a Simone Rocha signature). Followed by a black section rich in different textures- a black patent skirt worn with a faux fur top and velvet shoes stood out, as did the gorgeous layered lace dresses.
A strong sense of nostalgia prevailed throughout with net detail hats, faux fur leopard coats, small frame bags and cat-eye spectacles (all imaginable on our own grannies) giving Rocha’s autumn/winter ’13 collection the kooky edge we’ve come to expect and love from the designer.
Layered, structured skirts came with apron front pleats or back bustle details which were complemented with cool boxy jackets- a welcome addition to all our next season wardrobes, much like the fab loosely tailored trousers which appeared in both black and the prettiest pale pink hue.
Here's five things we loved…
1. The perfect patent black coat- collarless and achingly cool.
2. The girly-meets-boyish pink glittery brogues- cute with skirts, ideal for updating denim.
3. The vinyl tortoiseshell skirt- trust us, it’s trending!
4. The faux fur- all of it, in leopard and fluffy duck yellow too.
5. The black tinsel dresses- a fresh take on the LBD and autumn/winter ’13 party-season essential.