Irish designer Simone Rocha S/S 20 Womenswear show quite evidently drew on her heritage – with elements such as mascularity. The womenswear collection at the majestic North London theater, Alexandra Palace, left a memorable impression on show-goers with a myriad of conflicting looks.

Simone delivered an opulence of summer aesthetics such as usual large bell skirts, tapestry dresses, and mutton-leg macs among other offerings.

Far from the usual feminine touches, she designed headdresses, bags, and overcoats made entirely from hay and raffia – mostly in muted tones and floral prints which were true to her creative natural flair.

With a bigger focus on outerwear, layered dresses, feathers (Rocha’s design signature), and hand-macramé aprons came accompanied with over embroidered Broderie Anglaise gowns to translate into a sparkling collection.




As with every Simone style, accessories pulled together the entire concept for her summer collection. From sparkly headbands embellished with crystals, rose-shaped pearl large earrings, satin ballet slippers to flatform bejeweled sandals, they all added an elegant touch.

Noteworthy was the way Rocha used textiles in the last part of the collection – keeping a stern eye on the weight of each fabric before the frock hung on the model’s petite frame.



Finally, this collection was a multilayered treasury of signature Rocha clothes – a closet full of cultural depths, ancient beauty, Irish influences and ultimately the power of feeling empowered.


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