Simone Rocha Rains Her Bit of Fluff over London Fashion Week
Simone Rocha has become London's go-to girl for an edgy and modern take on the girlie aesthetic. She may rely on feminine elements — in this case we're talking fluffy trims, cartoon-like flowers, and sheer fabrics —but she always delivers them in a grungy, effortless manner that bypasses any potential tweeness. While the flower motif was almost identical to one used in Saturday's Orla Kiely presentation, you'd be hard-pushed to compare the two, with Kiely's girls the picture of pretty, and Rocha's angrily stomping the runway like they'd just been caught in a particularly torrential rainstorm.
Actually, these wet-haired models donned plenty of rain macs, but few of them would be suitable for April showers, given their sheer or textured finishes. The show opened in black (albeit trimmed with '90s marabou) but quickly lightened up; highlights included red floral looks trimmed with 3D blooms, sheer scallop-edged dresses covered in white flowers, and two closing dresses in gold and silver brocade that felt like the perfect extension of last season's Elizabethan-inspired show.