“My family is full of very, very strong and opinionated women,” designer Simone Rocha says on the website Nowness. “They didn’t have much money, but they would always make themselves up so well to make the family proud. When I think of Hong Kong I think of them – and the electric energy.”
These women – and especially the aunts and grandmother in the family – inspired Rocha’s fashion-design sense.
“The elderly are so active in Hong Kong. You can see it in the way that people dress. There’s an activity to it.”
In this short video by Linda Brownlee, the designer, who was raised in Dublin, travels back to Hong Kong soon after her grandmother’s passing to reconnect with that city’s older generation of women and their special way of dressing.
It’s a wonderful tribute to an advanced style that’s low key and practical, but steeped in elder pride.