Simone Rocha is a designer that never disappoints, and I was blown away by her London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018 collection. She manages to merge the gothic and the elegant in such an extravagant manner, and the end result is truly astounding.
The collection certainly had a dark edge to it, but I personally found that a little different to other shows that have been happening in London. There was certainly a feel of opulence and inspiration from the Edwardian Era. Personally, I love the mutton sleeves and shirtwaist blouses of the La Belle Époque and the way that Simone has brought such elements into her collection was genius.
The Brocade fabrics and black lace that was woven throughout the tailored collection. The actual inspiration was the melancholy Mary Freer, 1809 work of art by romanticist John Constable. The influence can be clearly seen when you compare to the oil on canvas painting. “How can I interpret the 19th century in a way that feels real and modern and female today?” Rocha asked herself.
There is certainly a punk feeling to the collection and the use of plaid and tarten designs on the fabrics and certainly the use of plaid tulle added a rebellious element to the runway. The use of flat shoes also added a unique angle to the collection and I would love to own a pair!
What are your thoughts on the collection? I can see the plaid pattern being an even bigger trend this Autumn Winter and also coloured plaid and I am looking forward to seeing how the high street covers this.
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