A Victorian Tomboy

Positioned at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street, just down the road from the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral stands the Goldsmiths’ Hall, a totally stunning hidden gem, built in 1835.

From the statuesque marble columns to the beautiful ceilings boasting incredible gold leaf designs featured in the gilded ballrooms, the venue evoked a true sense of historical regalia, the perfect platform to showcase Simone Rocha’s beautiful AW18 collection.

Drawing her inspiration from the early 19th Century we saw an Edwardian aesthetic on the cusp of Victoriana that was applicable to the modern day woman. By contributing a punk like element to the collection in the famous form of tartan it helped to introduce the tailored aspect of the collection, translated by the Edwardian era.

The dreamiest of her collections to date heavily embossed with Rocha’s typical signatories. Endless streams of tulle but more densely configured than what we’ve seen before, gorgeous embroideries that looked like spun gold gilded the collection leaving onlookers in awe of its opulence and of course an abundance of satin bows and pearls were seen throughout to complete this sumptuous masterpiece.

The collection was heavily romanticised through the means of drawing inspiration from the well known artist John Constable and this can be seen through the delectable use of beautiful botanical jacquard reminiscent of iconic historical tapestries. A true interpretation of relaxed glamour, a key trend that is totally of the moment, seen consistently throughout fashion week but Simone Rocha paves the way in this arena, more so than anyone else.

I’ll never get bored of the thrill of watching a Simone Rocha show, always set within the confines of such magical feeling, assisted by the lit candles flickering in the mesmerizing chandeliers, each piece leaves me starry eyed.

Thank you Karla Otto for having me as part of your fashion week team once again, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of.