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Fashion
Published: 18 Sep 2017

S/S 18 Influencer Show: Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha delivered one of the prettiest collections of the season so far, tapping into the emerging mood for escapism with silhouettes straight from the Victorian nursery.

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The look was the culmination of the Victorian/Edwardian influences that have underpinned the high street in recent seasons, with frou-frou ruffles and flounces adding volume to swingy, smock-shaped dresses.

Pouffed bubble hemlines added to the babydoll look, highlighted with a palette of crisp white and palest balletic pinks, along with the quirky, homespun embroidered doll motifs tracing the edges of soft, undulating frills. Rocha delivered a darker Victoriana mood in the collection’s black taffetas, jet beading and funereal satins, alleviated by sprigged rosebud florals and simplistic sequined daisy flowers on sheers. 

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Crisp cottons, broderie anglaise, organza and ethereal tulle were offset with the more sculptural appeal of moire taffetas and the rustic touch of rose-patterned, homespun tweeds, with their tufted floral trims. Meanwhile, elegantly worked bias satin dresses straight from a 30s boudoir delivered a change of tack.

It may not have been the season’s most commercial collection, but it perfectly encapsulated the emerging mood for a return to simpler, childlike-times. There were plenty of influences to inspire party developments, along with covetable accessories like the squishy clutch bag, cellophane-look sandals and red velvet Mary Janes.

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NEED TO KNOW 

  • Childlike, babydoll looks
  • Taffetas, organza and frothy tulles for voluminous ruffled silhouettes
  • Ruffles and frills continue, highlighted with naïve embroidery motifs
  • Multiple layers of contrasting fabrics for tone-on-tone texture
  • Sequined flower motifs, sprigged florals and tufted flower shapes
  • Velvet accessories.
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