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London-based Ir­ish de­signer Si­mone Rocha shares her cul­tural in­spi­ra­tions and in­dul­gences.

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WHERE SHE GOES FOR INSPIRATION

“The Sally Gap pass in the Wick­low Moun­tains (in mideast­ern Ire­land). The land­scape (a pa­naromic 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.”

Her art fix: London’s Tate Mod­ern, where “Pi­casso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy” runs till Sept 7.

Si­mone Rocha F/W ’18

French-Amer­i­can artist Louise Bour­geois, fa­mous for sculp­tures like the Ma­man gi­ant spi­der in Bil­bao, is her art idol.

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.

The Sally Gap moun­tain pass, with sweep­ing views of the Ir­ish up­lands, of­fers her respite.

Si­mone Rocha

She wears Fred­eric Malle’s Car­nal Flower for its fresh veg­e­tal scent of melon and tuberose.

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