LFW S/S 2012: Simone Rocha
London-based designer Simone Rocha showed her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at her first stand-alone show at London Fashion Week, with her fashion designer father John Rocha supporting from the front row.
Key to the collection was the use of synthetic white lace sealed in transparent PVC, latex, and the layering of sheer and opaque panels to create structured, geometric cuts. The silhouette was ladylike, with straight skirts, button-down shirts and A-line shapes giving the contemporary design a retro, 1960s feel. Models exited the catwalk sporting plaited mohawks and flashes of Absinthe green and coral in an otherwise monochrome palette, adding a feeling of subversion to the neat-as-a-pin looks.
Rocha also presented an S/S 2012 version of the cleverly disguised high-heel brogues she showed for Autumn/Winter 2011-12, using brightly coloured see through PVC instead of leather.
The off-schedule show was held at an intimate Georgian town house on Portland Place, central London, which worked as a classical contrast to Rocha’s trademark unhinged aesthetic. London fashion Week runs until September 21 2011.