Last season, Simone Rocha explored the world of fantasy through ethereal Irish childhood stories, now we find the designer firmly rooted in reality for S/S23with an emphasis on trauma and emotion and the beauty that is often created from chaos.
Streetwear is given a welcomed voluminous, romantic rebirth in delicate gothic layering contrasting elements of both masculinity and femininity as Rocha presents her first fully realised menswear collection with an elevated sensual side and exceptional attention to detail throughout. Truly oversized bombers, blanketed tulle overlays, ruched elongated gloves, sharp traditional tailoring and a couturesque bridal piece to finish showed both dedication and refined artistry.
The location bureaucratic in a criminal court setting, the music operatic and emotive as tulle uniform bound models arrived in dramatic waves in true signature Rocha fashion adorned with pearls, frills, ribbons, harnesses and trademark floral embellishing, all effortlessly combined in a confident sense of commerciality alongside a concrete creative edge.
A divine and exquisite moment for London Fashionweek and Simone Rocha alike, and one that will rightfully be remembered. Styling: Robbie Spencer @ Art Partner Casting: Samuel Ellis Scheinman and Piergiorgio Del Moro @ DM Casting Hair: Cyndia Harvey @ Art Partner Makeup: Thomas de Kluyver @ Art Partner Nails: Ama Quashie @ Streeters Sound Art: Frédéric Sanchez Production: Holmes Production Photographer: Ben Broomfield