Simone Rocha and Colin Dodgson first met in a pub, and having a pint together proved remarkably fortuitous – they have since become prolific collaborators, shooting campaigns for Rocha’s brand, creating large-scale art books and now, exclusively for Dover Street Market, a T-shirt. “Colin’s work is serious and playful at the same time, it’s both modern and elegant,” said Rocha – and, while such a statement is an apt description of the photographer’s aesthetic, it could be reasonably applied to her too.
Rocha has made her name by designing beautiful pieces that are both remarkably refined and remarkably wearable – modern elegance at its best – and, as a result, she has earned a reputation as one of London Fashion Week’s most-beloved talents. The image presented here, printed onto a plain white T-shirt, was captured before one of her fashion shows in the city, when Dodgson “was photographing a few different models and there was a small break in the schedule: I think the last woman we photographed, Benedetta, was getting her makeup done. The sun was pouring in through the windows, so I thought I’d take a photo of myself…”
It is this instinctive sensibility that makes Dodgson such a perfect partner for Rocha, because it resonates with the way that she works, too. “She’s incredibly intuitive,” he says. “Which is something that is very rare in fashion these days – or anything, for that matter. When we get together to talk about ideas or to show the results of a project, we’re always on the same page. It’s not like work at all!” Now, you can channel their spirit by investing in one of their tees. Wear it under a tulle dress (Rocha’s personal recommendation), with jeans, or whatever way you choose. No matter the pairing, we guarantee it will look good.
Simone Rocha x Colin Dodgson’s White T-shirt is available from today, priced £75, at Dover Street Market London