Simone Rocha SS20
By Jake Hall | Fashion | 16 September 2019

Simone Rocha has always sought inspiration in her Irish heritage, but for SS20 she looked specifically to the Wrenboys – hunters, who on every St. Stephen’s Day would knock on the doors of strangers and sing for money. The collection was shown in a vast, restored Victorian theatre in Alexandra Palace, whose faded splendour was chosen to represent the houses these musical rebels would knock on. Folk songs filled the air, as Rocha’s own high-fashion Wrengirls walked the runway.

The collection itself was signature Simone Rocha: skirts frothed out into layers of ruffled chiffon; shirts were draped in lace and teamed with flower headbands; models finished off their looks with trademark, shiny brogues. There was darkness amongst the babydoll dresses and chintzy prints; one look featured sombre black Victoriana frills layered over a crisp white shirt and a suit jacket, hinting at the masculinity that Rocha wanted to capture in her press release.

From straw sashes to blood-red sequins, the collection weighed heavy with new prints, ideas and demi-couture silhouettes. Peeling wallpaper inspired the earliest looks, a series of semi-transparent ivory gowns decorated with intricate, china blue patterns; daisies and berries came later on, bringing a sense of lightness to the collection. To round off her story, Rocha even cast a series of charismatic Irish actors – of all ages. It’s these small details that demonstrate the designer’s commitment to storytelling, as well as her ability to bring her enraptured guests along for the ride.

GALLERYCatwalk images from Simone Rocha WSS20