Simone Rocha “The Winter Roses” AW21 by Aybuke Barkcin


Dear Shaded Viewers,

After landing a much sought after collaboration with the global megabrand H&M, the Irish designer Simone Rocha has given us a one of kind collection blending the lines between innocence and rebellion, entitled “The Winter Roses”.

For the Autumn/Winter 21, the designer explored the depths of her gothic romanticism, but this time with a story of the winter rose which begins with a hard, protective shell… only to be broken down and reveal its full blossomed beauty.

“We all feel very kind of internal at the moment; I wanted to look after that fragility, but give it a harder shell. I like how, at the beginning of the collection things appear tight and closed, but throughout the collection, the woman blooms open until the leathers are just strapped on. The shell breaks down, but the tulle keeps its strength.” the designer explained.

In Simone Rocha’s work, there lies an admiration for the imperfect… it is present in the twisted satin and tulle swirling into the shape of roses, the mixture of contrasting materials and oversized asymmetric silhouettes which lay carelessly on the body. A celebration of youthful innocence and femininity.

The designer expressed that this time, she was also thinking of clothes “in a protective and practical way, which brought me to the leather and taking something very protective and seeing how I could manipulate it into something more feminine”

A juxtaposition of fabrics and constructions indeed. Fragile tulles, satins and hand-made embroideries were guarded under leather biker jackets. “Fragile rebels” as the designer called them, giving us a glimpse of what punk may be for Simone Rocha. Exactly the type of clothes Gen-Z would love to wear.

Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: