Simone Rocha has a unique talent for using her designs to represent the world of girlhood with authority and complexity. For her brand's autumn/winter 2021 collection at London Fashion Week, Simone chose layers of satin, leather, and tulle to create a sartorial love letter to the "fragile rebels" of 2021.
Standout trends for Simone Rocha's autumn/winter 2021 collection are the brand's signature tulle and puff sleeves, which are reimagined by contrasting the fragility of tulle skirts and dresses with the rebelliousness of leather jackets, puff sleeves, and combat boots. Poised for back-to-school, there is a prep-school theme to the collection as seen in the flat-collar white Oxford shirts layered under sheer pinafore dresses — we're thinking hints of Gossip Girl. The collection also nods to the romance of winter roses, floral embroidery, and Bridgeton-inspired details while also referencing fashion's patchwork trend with deconstructed designs inspired by wallpaper prints and stained-glass windows.
In an ode to the brand's "fragile rebels", Simone Rocha shared the inspiration behind the autumn 2021 collection with the following poem:
The Winter Roses.
Clarity and identity,
Precise, stronger, signature.
Thinking of clothes in a protective and practical way, fragile rebels.
Lost and found, interior wallpaper prints gaining a sense of place but patched-worked together to
Structured, sculpted leather,
Harnessing and resisting, creeping flower.
Uniformity & naivety.
Lunch boxes, school bag,
Order and education.
Embroidered tulles, Hand-painted flowers on pearls.
Porcelain cameos, encased in gold.
The Three Graces.
Satin, leather, tulle.
Look ahead for Simone Rocha's full autumn/winter 2021 collection.