Runway Report: Simone Rocha SS17

There was still that notorious utilitarian and proper but not too gussied-up familiarity in Simone Rocha Spring 2017 presentation with predictable sheer silk organza and tulle ethereal dresses.  The difference was in execution, fabric, and color – there was an uncommon expanse of taffeta, knotted, wrapped, and tied to create swelling sleeves and fuller skirts.  Although stark whites, patch-work with lace, collars that pop, and sheer plastic coats seemed to be here to stay, a new version of what looked like a communion dress has been introduced – and it is a delightful new take on Rocha’s classic silhouette.

Rocha was inspired by Jackie Nickerson photograph of farm girls, and a painting entitled “The Catholic Girls” by the Irish artist William John Leech.  She wanted her collection to be both unearthly and practical.  “I wanted to take those land girls from the farm and bring them to a pure place,” said Rocha backstage, adding that she also liked the idea of mixing the proper silhouettes of formal dressing and distorted shapes.

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