Kicking off London Fashion Week's final day, Simon Rocha's SS14 collection offered up yet another convincing argument for the validity of this city's reputation as the crucible of fashion creativity. Inspired by a wedding she attended in Connemara, West Ireland, Rocha explained the collection was about,"union, marriage and love." This translated into monochrome dresses formed from tiered ruffles, studded with pearl daisies, with open pockets haphazardly revealing skin. Elsewhere we saw gilt, textured suits, puffed skirted dresses and strong cocoon shapes in outerwear.
Sludgy, mossy hues and sheeny wet-look fabrics reflected, Rocha said, "the real world beauty of the place." Exposure was also a key theme of the collection with internal construction visible through white fabrics as well as those cheeky, pearl lined chasms.
And while the overall sophistication and polished finish of the line read all grown up, Rocha infused the collection with a punky verve, styling looks with pearl studded knee highs, her signature Lucite soled lace ups and green sprayed, twisted Mohicans. "I wanted it to look like something I personally related, with her punkish hair and netural skin. Even though there was the feeling if a lady, I wanted her to be more youthful."