Simone Rocha's designs are always unique, but I love the common thread they all have of this dark, feminine style that's innately modern. Here is my review of her most recent collection:
Look 1 seemed more like a wearable sculpture piece, with two giant stuffed black flowers forming the ''top'', and a matching skirt with the same flowers, but with more abstract shapes. I didn't think it was very practical, simply because this is a fall collection and fall tends not to be the warmest; but I do respect it as an individual piece for special events or whenever the heck someone wants to wear it. It looked beautiful. 2 had the same black velvet as 1. I loved the skirt and how it came together like a puzzle, also reminding me a bit of how the pieces of a skull fit together. The jacket looked too haphazard. Short sleeve, and then a long one? 3 was just too wrinkled. Velvet is my favorite fabric besides wool, but when its wrinkled it looks terrible and old in a bad, worn down way. Until 13 there were some particularly ugly filler pieces, especially the ones with hotel wallpaper prints. What is with those patterns in fashion collections? I come across that all the time in my reviews!
Thankfully 13's lacy bodysuit was a favorite; it had an elegant Baroque/Rococo pattern, all in black lace, with ruffles on the sides. 16's unlikely combination was exciting; a baggy black and white plaid dress, with half of the top cut off with semi sheer white fabric. Seeing strange but stylish combinations is always a plus in a collection. It shows the designer's talents as an innovator. Look 18 was kind of ruined by the oddly placed ruffles on the skirt. After this, there were way too many ''wide armed'' jackets and worn out lace nighties. With 26, we moved away from that trend, but instead got a particularly frightening look; white and sheer with floral ruffles on the sides...and then blonde hair growing out of the side of the skirt and bodice? Blech! Luckily I enjoyed 28's pretty, sheer with a slip white dress, and little matching flowers scattered all over. So delicate and soft. The rest of this collection was more misplaced ruffles and shapes, and some of those ever delightful wallpaper patterns.
I was pretty disappointed with this collection. I was expecting more outfits in Rocha's innovative, modern style; but it seemed to just fall back on old standbys (wide sleeves, wallpaper), and filler. I would take the time to look over it for some of the black velvet looks, though.