John Rocha – London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012
With the unveiling of The Bite Magazine’s Fashion Week Special due any day now, my mind was sent back to two of London’s most spectacular shows this season, in which I had to explore them both in more detail.
One of these shows took you on a dark and historical journey, conjuring up images of Ancient Greek woodland nymphs, in which they were dressed in the height of Spring/Summer fashion. This designer was John Rocha. If fashion could give you a history lesson, then this show was a definite one to watch.
It may have been bright bold hues for every other designer this spring/summer but clearly Rocha has other things in store for us. With a collection that was predominately black and gold, there really were very few words that could describe the beauty, splendour and mystical sense of adventure that this collection portrayed. From the feather style dresses that opened the show to the tight braiding in the wind-swept hair, there was no escaping from this woodland nymphet theme. It channels a dynamic woman who is not afraid of anything, who is strong and forceful, vigorous and full of life. Rocha mixes layers of tulle with pieces of crochet and manages to retain that rich, earthy sense of notion. While sharp shaped pleating gave the collection those sensational elevated touches, taking an ordinary look, and making it something out of this world.
The show then develops and from the abstract woodland stance to the strong tailored cut, Rocha endeavoured to take you out of the woods and into a fast paced city, exploring how a simple ruffle, a rough edged shoulder strap, or how, some excess material can create extreme visual impact in the most minimalist yet distinguished of ways. Rocha has reworked simplistic dressing and made it a fine art, by mixing a double-breasted tuxedo sleeveless jacket and pairing it with trousers, thus creating the ultimate jumpsuit that many of us cannot wait to get our hands on next season.
But it was not just the clothing that got all of us excited this season, footwear wise, we saw clumpy tree like shoes with intricate bark style fringing. It was heavy-duty and perfect for that vicious walk down the catwalk, giving the Rocha flair of attitude in the most lady-like of ways.
So here are a few of my favourite looks from next season at Rocha.