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London-based Irish Designer Simone Rocha Shares With Us Her It List

The London-based Irish designer – known for her twisted yet pretty, Victoriana-influenced sensibilities – shares her cultural inspirations and indulgences.

Where she goes for inspiration

“The Sally Gap pass in the Wicklow Mountains (in mid-eastern Ireland). The landscape (a panoramic view of the Irish uplands and lakes) is very inspiring and special to me as I’ve been going there since I was a child.”

Favourite art space

“London’s Tate Modern for the scale of its building (it’s housed in a former power station), and its inspirational exhibitions of (modern and contemporary art) spanning different mediums (from videos to paintings).”

Her art hero

“The works of (French-American artist) Louise Bourgeois – be they sculptures, fabric prints or drawings – are a constant source of inspiration to me. Her engagement with texture, form and colour, and exploration of themes like femininity and family fascinate me.”

Go-to restaurant

“Ikeda, a very small traditional Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, London. I’d recommend the dobin mushi, a traditional seafood broth served in a tea pot.”

Hotel recommendation

“I love the Claridge’s in Mayfair. It’s a classic and great place for a drink when you’re in central London.”

Personal fragrance

“Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle (which has notes of melon, tuberose and musk) feels natural on my skin.”

Fall/Winter 2018 highlights

“The ruffled satin patchwork dresses feature multiple prints that were designed in-house – these prints helped to shape the texture and tactile quality of my entire collection (carried here at Club 21). Meanwhile, our suits are classically tailored, but come with feminine details like bows and puffed sleeves. They can be layered under tulle dresses, but also work on their own. Also, the pearl and beaded hair clips are perfect everyday accessories.”

Text & Coordination Christabel Teo Sculpture Photo Sally Gap Photo TPG/Click Photos

This story first appeared in Female’s July 2018 print issue.

Simone Rocha

She recommends London’s Claridge’s for its bar, The Fumoir, which will transport one to the ’30s with its Art Deco interior and Lalique glassware.
She wears Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower for its fresh vegetal scent of melon and tuberose.
Simone Rocha F/W ’18
Her art fix: London’s Tate Modern, where “Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy” runs till Sept 7.