I meant to write about John Rocha before now, before “the doyen of Dover Street” made the cover of the FT How To Spend It. Which is indeed a good way to spend it. A piece by Mr Rocha I mean! So anyway, I had to share a little bit of the magic I felt when I was invited to his Spring-Summer 2011 catwalk show.
In the midst of the madness of fashion week, the eccentricities of the London fashionistas, and the many trends on set – from bold prints to block colour, from all-camel to McQueen homages – the purity and simplicity of John Rocha touched me. I was taken by the fluid and elegant ivory dresses in silk crepe de Chine and georgettes, the clean silhouettes and the vintage bias patterning. All textures and techniques used in a modern way for timeless aesthetics.
I also liked the idea that John Rocha used inspiration from his favourite artists, including American photographer Deborah Turbeville, and photography from her “Past Imperfect” book series, known for her ethereal nudes.
In the recent FT interview, the designer also shows his love and knowledge of an eclectic range of artists, such as illustrator William Scott, sculptor Shiro Tsujimura, painters Guggi and Louis Le Brocquy, or the legendary cubist Picasso. His many other surprising interests include traditional Irish jewellery, Danish food, country music, Sauvignon Blanc, Porsche cars and football. Such an interesting and varied personality, able to create pure fashion design at its best.
Photography: Alize Morand. A look at John Rocha S/S 11 at London Fashion Week. Please credit.