What does a punk teen have in common with Marie Antoinette? They both love to wear roses. Perfumes, fashion, tattoos, jewellery… Roses are the most enduringly fashionable of flowers, inspiring artists and designers of all eras and styles – and this year it’s a bitter and dark rose.
Designer Simone Rocha titled her Autumn/Winter 21 collection Winter Roses, using the silk taffeta folding techniques also favoured by Alexander McQueen. Rocha showed us what a 21st century Marie-Antoinette might look like. Romantic and unapologetically girlie, with embroidered roses over tulle midi-dresses, pearl roses in braided hairdos and leather roses sewed on biker jackets. And at the same time violent, spiky and rough, with punk details such as biker shoes, Mohawks and roses-patterned tights. The collection presents a “feminine strength, which is precise, stronger, and signature,” Rocha says.