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Watch out for Simone Rocha


18 Monday 18th October 2010

For the first time Topshop will be stocking key pieces from the collections of three Central Saint Martins graduates. Available from the 14 October in the Oxford Circus branch but unavailable anywhere else in the world. These graduates are set to be the great designers of future years so here’s your chance to get hold of one-off-pieces before these up and coming designers hit the big time. Don’t Panic look at the three designers to give you a heads up on who’s who.   

Simone Rocha
She’s the one to look out for. The daughter of established designer John Rocha may well have a head start over others but she proved she has talent of her own when she showed her SS11 collection as part of Fashion East this September and got fantastic reviews. Parallels will naturally be drawn between her and her father’s designs, but Simone’s are sharper. John has said, “Simone’s view of fashion is quite different to mine in that there is a more youthful element, it’s more edgy”.
Born in Ireland in 1986 Simone studied a BA at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin and went on to do Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins. Simone only graduated last February and has since gone from strength to strength. The collection is tailored, minimalistic and masculine in shape but hints of pink and trains of silk add femininity. Silk Sheer panels were used to replace the sleeves and backs of linen and leather jackets reiterating her unique style.
An aspect of the collection that is closest to her fathers designs are the headpieces. “The collection was quite tough so I thought it would be nice to have something soft and romantic”, she explained. They certainly add to the aesthetics of the collection and are inspired by the tradition for women in the Aran Island’s who wear petticoats over their heads when they are in morning. A selection of headwear will be available at Topshop. Simone is set to be the next big thing so watch this space...
Lily Heine
The work of graduate Lily Heine will also be available exclusively at Topshop from the 14th. She showcased a memorable debut this year at London Fashion Week with subtle fleshy tones characterized by unusual shape and texture surface. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in Textile design and for her MA collection she drew inspiration from Picasso’s sketches of women. She has already had a lot of attention from industry insiders and is one of two winners of the Harrods award for best collection which is a great achievement so it’s no wonder she’s tipped for fashion greatness. A two dove grey shift dress with demi-sleeves is available at Topshop in wool crepe with leaves laser cut in yellow or lilac which move when in motion.
Matthew Harding
Matthew Harding is the third talented graduate designer whose key pieces will be available at Topshop this October. His graduate collection explored the dimensions of sheep wool through the use of copper metal. He cited Wonder Woman as a point of reference as his intentions are to focus on the strength of women. A black wool jacket, a mid-calf length dress with an underlying mental frame and copper framed long sleeved top are the three pieces available at Topshop from his collection.
Get yourself down to Topshop people! These designers are about to become huge.


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