Things were a little darker this season at Simone Rocha, largely due to the show’s setting: London’s Lincoln’s Inn. In an otherwise dark room, the models were bathed in pools of light as they moved around the spherical track, designed to mirror a lake from an old Irish tale. The collection was also based on The Children of Lir, which tells the story of a young girl and her brothers who are turned into swans by an evil stepmother and banished to live on a lake for 900 years before returning home to die as humans.
Compared to previous collections, the garments hardly featured any frills or embellishments. Instead, embellishments were found in the makeup, with gems, pearls and crystals delicately placed around the models’ eyes.
“I always love the idea of makeup being worn as a fashion accessory and just an extension of your personality and identity,” the makeup artist said. Thomas de Kluyver. “So this season for Simone, I took that at face value. Simone usually has so many embellishments and accessories in her show, but this one was more toned down, so we discussed the idea that makeup actually becomes an accessory itself. In fact, most of Kluyver’s glitter and rhinestones used on the face and body are the same as those featured on jewelry and clothing in the collection. To stay focused on the sparkles, de Kluyver wanted to keep the skin pretty clean and fresh; a touch of moisturizer was used with the foundation and concealer.” What I loved about this look is that it’s something that feels very futuristic but also vintage at the same time, which I think Simone always captures so well,” said de Kluyver.
Hairdresser Cyndia Harvey created quite concise looks; the hair was poker straight, styled in plaited pigtails or hidden under balaclavas. Meanwhile, nail artist Ama Quashie echoed this idea of the lake with wet-look nails. “To personify the transparency of water, we used a transparent press on nails to add length, elongating the nails and the finger,” says Quashia. “On the nails themselves, we created a water effect using rubberized gel to sculpt the droplets.” To add an extra sense of luminosity, the Quashie models’ hands layered with Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops.