Simone Rocha is a designer who understands the delicate details of a woman’s silhouette and it is this ingenuity isÂ that drives the brand that Rocha has created. This season the designer found her self inspired by travel, particularly a recent trip to Kyoto.
The designer shared with WWD backstage during the show that, she was in the early stages of pregnancy and experienced Kyoto in an exhausted daze, magnified by jet lag, “which is why there’s such a trippy vibe to the collection.” I’m not sure that we would describe the collection as ‘trippy’ but by Rocha’s usual traditional and luxury cuts, we know exactly what she means. Inspired by bondage and the photographs of Nobuyoshi Araki, Rocha’s collection was all about creating a sense of euphoria through color and texture.
The runway was filled with soft pinks, white, Â and green the color of flaura hidden deep in the rainforest. For textile, the designer chose to create contrast through a utilitarian mix of sheer lace and harder twill cottonsÂ in the forms of trousers are the billowing skirts of floor length dresses, adding some modesty to an otherwise sheer ensemble. Particularly fascinating was Rocha’s actual use of bondage in the form of rope details criss crossed delicately across the tops of dresses or more aggressively as strips of knotted fabric.
Overall, this latest collection for Rocha was one of her best yet. There was something special about the way she was able to execute an aesthetic that was as pleasing to the eye as it was to the dialogue that it produced.
Check out the gallery below to see a few of our favorite looks from Simone Rocha SS16 !