LONDON - Budding designer Simone Rocha, the daughter of British fashion veteran John Rocha, has giant shoes to fill, but she seems to be taking it all in stride.
The 26-year-old showcased her latest spring collection at London Fashion Week on Tuesday, a collection of all-white outfits, sheer cut-out panels, neons and leather that mixed schoolgirl innocence with cool attitude.
The collection started with dazzling white button-up shirts and boyish shapes in Broderie Anglaise, but the prim look was soon undercut by thigh-revealing, irregular-shaped sheer panels on the front or the back of skirts.
High-collared, neat shapes in muted shades of butter and toffee followed. But soon things were shaken up again, with a pale sundress overlaid with a high-shine neon yellow PVC plastic, all-over metallic gold vests and skirts, and floral-crocheted skirts and oversized jackets in fluorescent yellow and neon coral.
Models wore mannish brogues with clear plastic soles and heels, a design that has been worn by celebrities including Rihanna and has proved to be Rocha's bestselling product.
Rocha debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010 after graduating from the famed design college Central St. Martins.