Simone Rocha named one to watch by Forbes

Fashion star Simone Rocha has followed in the footsteps of 20-something icons Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence by getting the ultimate nod of approval from Forbes magazine.

The finance bible named the Dublin designer as one of its prestigious ‘30 under 30’ global “game-changers” in their respective fields, from fashion to Hollywood to Wall St.

Being named by Forbes as one of the 20-somethings who “are creating and designing the future from the street to the runway” tops off a phenomenal few years for the daughter of John Rocha.

Former Gossip Girl star and entrepreneur Blake Lively topped the 30 under 30 list of 600 young global stars, which is divided into a string of different categories.

Simone Rocha is only 28 and counts Lady Gaga and Rihanna among the celebrity fans of her ultra feminine tomboy chic.

Forbes lauded the designer for winning a “slew of aw-ards including Harper Bazaar’s Young Designer of the Year prize in 2014”.

“She has shown her collection in the Tate Modern in London and designed displays in Dover Street Market in London, Ginza, and New York.

“Her most recent collection features scalloped detailing, hand crochet, feather fluff trim, and floral embroidered tulle, together with clear-heeled brogues and pumps.”

This year’s list also features Harry Potter star Emma Watson, Spider-Man star Emma Stone, and Keira Knightley, who scrapes on to the list at the age of 29.

It is not Simone Rocha’s first major accolade for a US publication giant. Last year, she was named one of the hottest young design stars in the world by Vogue.

Rocha’s collections have won her a legion of celebrity fans including Madonna, who posted a photograph of her wearing Rocha’s fake fur flippers on her Instagram account in recent months.


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