Simone Rocha is known for her “modern and strong yet romantic” pieces, creating an ultra-fierce but feminine look. For her A/W14 collection at London Fashion Week, the designer upped her own game with a bold palette and fierce cuts.
The first model stormed out and was draped in a black, knee-length coat with Rocha’s renowned, simple detailing on the sleeves and neckline in gold and silver shimmers. Dropped shoulders with added chunky frills on the sleeves gave this look a strong but womanly vibe.
The dense black palette got a lease of life with gold, shimmering snakeskin added to mid-length hemline dresses and statement accessories such as office handbags and pointed flats. Dark yet soft fur was added to the various textures for bold collars and eventually moved to serve as on-trend boyfriend coats.
It seemed that no transitional wardrobe piece was embraced here as mac coats came out buttoned up to the necks along with liquid-like dresses that looked crinkled in the light. The puffed and frilly sleeves continued onto silver pieces in that same 1950s structure that gracefully flowed to the knees.
As the show moved on, models were seen again in a black palette but this time in striking suits that seemed great for the office. Ankle-length, slim and smooth textured trousers were mixed with black cut-out shoulder tops with long, tight sleeves.
Rocha’s models suddenly came out in beautiful, pastel pink separates that flashed models’ midriffs. Gold, chunky accessories gave this girly vibe some needed edge however, and that edge kept on going…
Rocha brought out numerous prints and textures that clashed well together. A huge splash of traditional tartan made its way across the catwalk in androgynous layering of trouser suits that gave off a Vivienne Westwood, punk-like appeal. Sultry and sheer lace covered mid-length, straight skirts flashing a hint of skin that was seductive yet modest.
Throughout the show, the models wore their hair in unkempt plaits down their backs with a shimmer of gold splashed on their foreheads along with bare lips and a smoky eye palette.
The soundtrack finished the looks with an eerie, atmospheric pulse. Finally, models wore dangerous, crimson panelling teamed with gold brocade detailing that hinted at traditional Italian appeal.
Rocha definitely helped to end LFW with a bang of clashing prints and daring femme fatale power.