Simone Rocha is gearing up to take the fashion world by storm as the next guest couturier at Jean Paul Gaultier. This comes after an official confirmation by a spokeswoman for the London-based designer, announcing that Simone Rocha will showcase a one-off collection during the upcoming Paris Haute Couture Week. The announcement was further amplified by Rocha herself, who shared a heartfelt note from Gaultier on her Instagram, sparking anticipation and excitement among fans and fashion enthusiasts alike.
The shared note on Instagram featured a bouquet of flowers accompanied by Gaultier’s congratulatory words, “Congratulations on your show. And see you for your next one … in Paris!!!” followed by a mini portrait of the designer in his iconic sailor-stripe top, signed “Jean Paul.”
This collaboration marks a distinctive blend of styles, as Rocha is renowned for her dreamy, embellished, and homespun silhouettes, which stand in contrast to Gaultier’s famous corsetry, tattoo prints, cone bras, and smokings.
A Central Saint Martins graduate, Simone Rocha’s collections, often tinged with a touch of darkness, draw inspiration from her Irish and Chinese heritage, traditional songs, folk tales, myths, and religion, resulting in rich, multi-layered collections. Rocha’s designs are characterized by romance, volume play, sheer layering, and pearl embellishments. Footwear has also been a crucial element in her collections, with her Perspex-heeled brogues making a significant impact. Moreover, for the Spring/Summer 2024, she impressed buyers with her Crocs collaboration and ventured into menswear last season. Her past collaborations include a notable one with retailer H&M in 2021.
Simone Rocha will be joining an illustrious list of guest couturiers, including Julien Dossena of Rabanne, Haider Ackerman, Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Glenn Martens of Y/Project and Diesel, and Chitose Abe of Sacai. The concept of inviting different designers to interpret Gaultier‘s vast and eclectic oeuvre was initiated by the couturier himself, following his retirement from the runway in 2020. This innovative approach has not only become a highlight of Haute Couture Week but also rejuvenated interest in Gaultier’s contributions to fashion and pop culture.