London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha Autumn/Winter 15

London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha Autumn/Winter 15

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Originally built to display the City of London’s art collection, London's Guildhall played host to Simone Rocha's Autumn/Winter 15 collection at the opening of London Fashion Week this weekend

In the setting of London's Guildhall, Simone Rocha's show was the only art anyone was taking notice of. An army of porcelain like models took to the runway with tangled hair suggestively placed around their delicate necks rocking the new collection, which was a nod to the Pre-Raphaelite era.

The Dublin born designer's offerings were strong and independent, mixed with literary heroine influences such as Cathy Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights and Sara Crew from The Little Princess. A standout look included a long velvet jacket with frilled caps on the shoulders, paired with ankle socks and buckled strap pumps. Rocha said that this season she was inspired by the spirit of "when I was young" and decided to work with conflicting materials, including beautifully luxurious fabrics and elegant shapes contrasted with heavy brogues and matted hair. Pearls, petals, gingham and a majestic red closed this collection, evoking nostalgia with a romantic infusion.

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