For the particular and intense design of Simon Rocha, fashion shows were a must. To see and to touch – for real – her creations is important indeed, because this is the only way you can grasp all the details, the physical space and the impact they have on the world around. All these aspects are essential to her and, usually, you cannot understand them through a picture. As she herself said “Clothes are made of cloth, and emotions, and they come to life on a body”. To be present, first of all.
To give her some inspirations for the Spring 2021 collection was the fairy imagery of past queens and courtesans: Nell Gywnn’s painting, Charles II’s mistress, with her jewelries, her white long neck arising from sweet necklines. Together with it, a different type of sensuality, less regal, more modern: Richard Prince’s photos, rude and sensual at once. Simone Rocha works on the female appearance and shapes it in a fearless way. She fights centuries-old stereotypes and give space to women’s willingness of being. For example, it is okay for her to wear brocade, big skirts, big embroidered coats and small purse pearl-shaped. They all fit in our modern life, why not.
The designer also says that women are free to enjoy their feminine and princess-like attire, without loosing their powerful role in modern society, in the work place and without being less independent and credible. Our favourite outfit is the cotton white and blue striped shirt and matching pants. We also love the long satin dress in night blue, with a big ribbon on the breast. Blazer with applications, tops made of pearls and accessories complete the whole.
Cover image courtesy: Simone Rocha by Andrew Nuding