London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha, Ashish, Meadham Kirchhoff
Three's a charm
Strong and feminine was the theme of Simone Rocha's SS15 collection, as the designer took her cues from the German dancer Pina Bausch, the clothes reflected a poetic rhythm and any-age appeal.
With an ethereal setting of Sir Christopher Wren's designed Anglican church as the backdrop, Rocha played a peek-a-boo game with her fabrics, as delicate sheer pink or peach tulle blouses – which revealed the body – contrasted with dense all black frocks and jackets. Like dark angels, Rocha's silhouettes this season went from youthful dresses with girlish flower embellishments to more mature knee-length looks. And lending a dark edge to the more prettier dresses were Rochas Perspex-heel brogues lined with marabou feathers.
Ashish Gupta continues to make the fashion industry a more sparkly place, as he consistently roll out sequins, sequins and more sequins.
For his SS15 collection, Gupta decided to bring glamour into everyday looks such as baggy trousers, sweatshirts, jeans and bomber jackets. Highlighting the glorification of pop culture, the designer embellished grey sweaters with shiny beaded portraits of Kim and Kanye, Miley Cyrus and packs of cigarettes. A sequined snakeskin print also made its way onto denim jackets and pants.
Designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff's had one message to get across this Spring/Summer season and that was to 'Reject everything' – according the show's booklet.
The duo, who avoided using models, sent out their colourful collection on a cast of "real" people, wearing knitted tops, skirts and bodysuits that were decorated with references to superheroes' costumes. The lineup is not for the fainthearted as the show closed with a see-through black lace dress and a neon pink trench coat with tassels.