Simone Rocha | LFW SS 17

Simone Rocha | LFW SS 17

The designer staged a show full of grace at Southwark Cathedral, where models walked down the long stone aisle dressed in lovingly distorted takes on communion dresses, wedding and baptismal gowns.

Inspired by a recent exhibition in Ireland that featured photographs by Jackie Nickerson of farm girls alongside paintings, one of them entitled “The Catholic Girls” by the Irish artist William John Leech, Simone Rocha worked her signature plays on volume into a collection that was both ethereal — and earthy.

She created her own broderie anglaise — in white or black — working it into dresses with puffed shoulders and chunky knots on the sleeves; tops that were patchworked with lace; or a girlish collar that popped from under a long, dark glen plaid check dress.
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Emilia Wickstead | LFW SS 17

Emilia Wickstead | LFW SS 17

Anya Hindmarch | LFW SS 17

Anya Hindmarch | LFW SS 17