Simone Rocha’s clients crammed into the historic grandeur of London’s medieval Inns of Court. In their flounced and frilled finery, dripping in pearl embellishments, they looked like Victorian dolls come to life. Her inspiration came from an Irish fairytale Children of the Lir, about an evil Queen who turns her stepchildren into swans. They live as birds for 900 years before becoming human again and dying.
There’s always a gothic twist with Rocha, who likes to disrupt the sweetness of her crinolines and babydoll silhouettes with high-shine red patent, leather biker jackets and bulky boots. Other Rocha-isms? White shirts under sheer dresses, a red, black, navy and white palette and an abundance of the extraordinary accessories that power this brand.
Photography courtesy of Simone Rocha.