Simone Rocha emerged from the prestigious Central Saint Martins M.A. program having been mentored by the late, highly influential Louise Wilson. Beginning with her much-lauded debut collection, the Dublin-born designer’s vision seemed almost fully formed. Typified by a heady mix of femininity that tows the line between the coquettish and the melancholy, Rocha’s designs exhibit a captivating, eerie romance. From lushly embellished homages to Elizabeth I to vaporous petal-pink dresses overlaid with bondage-y macramé harnesses to head-to-toe red wallpaper florals that recall a bit of Diana Vreeland’s “garden from hell,” the singular and otherworldly appeal of her clothes has captivated industry types from the word go.


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