For the Simone Rocha AW 22 show, the designer brought the fairy tale elements back to the runway of London Fashion Week. This advent guard designer was inspired by the dark and interesting tale of Aodh, Fionnula, Fiachra and Conn Lir. The tale is about how they were turned into swans for 900 years at the jealous hands of their magical stepmother. A fairy tale every Irish child knows.
Simone Rocha AW22
An element, for Rocha, that always existed in the collections represented a “ugly artist beauty”. For autumn/winter 2022, she was enthralled by the transformation from human to bird through the manipulation of her garments. Accordingly, wings seem to burst through nylon taffetas, while technical water-resistant padded nylons and patent leathers give the feeling of being wet. A few of the trends spotted during London Fashion Week.
Inspired by Children of Lir
Simone Rocha wanted the autumn/winter 2022 collection to stir up an “arresting melancholy euphoria”. It was a darkly poetic and seductive collection. Which was inspired by an Irish fairytale that has stayed with the designer since her childhood.
The Simone Rocha Fairytale Show
Shown in the round at Lincoln’s Inn, the designer chose London’s courtly venue because of its darkness. The spherical runway was designed to echo the shape of the lake where the Lir children lived out their days as winged white birds, who kept their own voices in spite of the spell cast upon them. For Simone Rocha’s tribe, we love the whimsical-yet-sinister storytelling behind her collections. I hope we do not have nightmares after viewing the runway show.
“I want people to feel the gravity of the fable when they walk in,” she says of bathing the majestic hall in shadows.
As a woman who loves to wear dresses and sneakers too! The Ballerina sneakers were a highlight. Now we can get the black swan look for the streets.
“When you think of swans, you think of dance, so we’ve done these amazing wet ballerina-trainers,”
Simone Rocha AW22
It’s a footwear fairytale look with platforms that, according to Rocha, “look like wet beaks”. The sculptural footwear complements her twisted femininity as perfectly as ever and right on streetwear street style trend for the uninitiated. I too believe Sinéad O’Connor would wear them too. Especially the kimono style coat dresses.
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Simone Rocha AW22 Catwalk Imagery
Accessories Shot by Ben Broomfield