Rocha named as anti-diva design star by ‘Vogue’

Simone Rocha has been named as one of the hottest young design stars in the world by fashion bible, Vogue.

Rocha named as anti-diva design star by ‘Vogue’

Superstars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga are among the celebrities who have been stepping out in creations by the Dubliner who is seen as one of the brightest new talents in the fashion world.

Now, the 28-year-old has received the ultimate accolade from Vogue as she is named among the eight “anti- diva design stars who are transforming fashion now” and “children of the crash”.

Rocha’s ultra feminine collections have won her a legion of celebrity fans including actress Chloe Grace Moretz, and popstar Rita Ora.

Meanwhile, Derry designer Jonathan Anderson is also named among the eight designers helping to change the face of fashion.

He was commissioned to create a collection for Topshop after fashion trendsetter Alexa Chung and Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst started wearing his androgynous creations.

The 30-year-old, who runs his own brand JW Anderson along with being creative director of luxury fashion house Loewe, revealed he took tips from his former rugby international Dad Willie Anderson in creating his clothing empire.

“My dad was an Irish national rugby player. He’s always drilling it into me: ‘It’s all about your team,” he told Vogue.

Vogue magazine lauds Rocha and her fellow London-based designer Peter Pilotto for working hard to make their name on the catwalk.

“Rocha, with her sweet-but- tomboyish dresses and Lucite-heeled brogues, and Peter Pilotto, with its mesmerically textural colours, have quietly gathered customers from across the globe,” it says.

The daughter of John Rocha — who was also named the International Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards last month — incredibly only graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin just five short years ago.

The second-generation designer is proving she is chip off the old block by wowing critics in New York and London with her collections this year.

The magazine also praised both Irish designers for keeping it in the family with Simone Rocha enlisting her mother, Odette, as her business partner while Jonathan Anderson’s brother, Thomas, is his HR director.

The designer helming Bono and Ali Hewson’s Edun label, Danielle Sherman, also got a nod from the magazine along with Joseph Altuzarra, Paris designer Anthony Vaccarello, and Rome-based Marco de Vincenzo.

Vogue praised the young designers for forging their distinctive collections at the height of the worldwide recession.

“They’re the anti-divas, the grounded ones. The children of the crash,” remarked Vogue.

“All eight began slap-bang in the carnage of the global financial crisis, sending out their delicious micro-varieties of clothes — colourful, individualistic, well made, and expertly targeted things — into a fashion world that had turned dull and conservative”.

The hugely influential magazine added that Rocha, Anderson, and their fellow young designers are taking over the world of fashion.

“This serious, savvy generation has even transformed the attitudes of major luxury-fashion conglomerates, which are suddenly in a flurry of competition to sign them up,” said Vogue.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox