Simone Rocha brought a familiar Irish folk tale to London Fashion Week, as she presented a collection heavily inspired by the dark and mystical story of The Children of Lir.

While her home country has often influenced her work – be it in the accessories that reference the flora and fauna of the country or the silhouettes that recall nuns' habits and heavy traditional lace – Rocha plumbed the depths of Irish folklore for her latest collection, using the tale of The Children of Lir as her basis.

Held in the atmospheric setting of London's Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inn's of London, models moved around a spherical runway that was designed to look like a lake.

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Speaking to Vogue UK backstage, she elaborated on how the story of four sons and daughters of an Irish king who were turned into swans by their jealous stepmother formed the inspiration for the collection.

"It's a really old fable that everyone in Ireland knows," said Rocha. "The children become swans for nine hundred years, across three different lakes. And when they come back to human form, they pass away. I began loosely basing my narrative on that."

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The looks were typically dramatic and extravagant, with voluminous creations in rich blue velvet catching the eye and striking cream gowns corseted with large buckles.

As the show progressed, shapes resembling wings began to emerge from the outfits, which became diaphanous and light like feathers, as the characters transformed from humans to birds.

Shoes were made to resemble wet beaks and ballerina trainers, to evoke the idea of swans dancing elegantly, while knitted balaclavas created the silhouette of a bird. The idea of feathers was even incorporated into the clothes themselves through eiderdown quilting in striking black overcoats.

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Finally, one ensemble featured delicate embroidery of two pairs of swans, in case you needed a clearer hint to the theme.

However, it was a comparatively pared back collection, with fewer accessories than usual. Instead, the beauty looks did the talking, with models wearing makeup accented with gems, pearls and shimmering jewels around the face and body. The effect was of water droplets studding the face, creating a mystical and otherworldly look.