Dec 06, 2018 | By Jane Boddy
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London: Simone Rocha’s ethereal and graceful collection was inspired by a recent exhibition in Ireland, featuring photographs by Jackie Nickerson’s portrayal of Irish Farm girls that in turn, were placed alongside a painting of Catholic girls. Within that ‘unholy’ juxtaposition came the framework for a presentation of silhouettes that bore a religious undertone but all with that Rocha seduction. Delicate handcrafted broderie anglaise played out in pure white, accessorized with long boots and ‘communion’ gloves that looked as if they were made of rubber edged with lace. Workwear elements of ties appeared wrapping around pristine forms while the key item of a trench coat nonchalantly slipping off a bare shoulder, appeared throughout in many delectable guises. Puffed sleeves also featured on blouses and dresses while exaggerated roses were embroidered over the lightest of silk dresses edged with tiny frills. “I wanted to take those land girls from the farm and bring them to a pure place,” said Rocha. Pure or irreverent, this was a beautifully executed presentation. – Lizzy Bowring
Key Trends: Irish Farm girls, Religious undertones, Pure White
Key Items: Trench coats, Semi-sheer dresses, Puffed sleeved blouses, Rose embroidered jacket, Draped asymmetrical dresses Double breasted jacket, Knotted short silk dress, Trouser suit with ruffles, Oversized white shirt
Key Colour: White, Black, Red, Yellow, Pistachio, Biscuit
Print and Pattern: Glen plaid, Gingham, Sheer plastic, Enlarged Roses
Trims and Materials: Broderie anglaise, Chunky knots, Puffed sleeves, Lace, Silk organza, Tulle, Embroidered flowers, Taffeta, Frills
Footwear and Accessories: Tall boots with Perspex heels, Cross body bags, Lace edged Rubber communion gloves
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