The Rochas

The Rochas

Picture 11 Nope, not a reference to the French house that went too far back into time to a late 60s dinner party for my liking.  Instead, it's a plural of two designers with the last name of Rocha making an appearance during last London Fashion Week.  The first is of course John Rocha who I STILL think is one of the most underrated designers of LFW, his own exquisite work perhaps blighted by his extensive collaboration with Debenhams.  The second is his daughter Simone Rocha, who showed as part of the Central Saint Martins MA show and upon closer inspection with its tulle, deconstructed outerwear and shirting and cut-outs is in my opinion the love child I've been waiting for between John Rocha's darkly romantic sensibilities and Simone's own light and youthful touch to her clothes that could be perceived as being too heavy or too much of a throwback to the Yohji/Comme noir phases of the 80s.  

These lookbook images beautifully realise the potential relevant vision of the collection, as styled by Celestine Cooney and photographed by Boo George.  

I also like how Cooney describes her as a "freshly baked monochrome cupcake…" denoting that she's a sweetheart without being overly saccharine… and that despite the monochrome, there is something subtly sexy about the reveal/cover-up balance of her clothes… 






Whilst we're on the Rocha roll, here's Papa Rocha's A/W 10-11 collection with Mayan and Edwardian elements fighting it out in the looks that displayed John Rocha's own deftness and fondness of deets such as ruffles as well as his use of textures in strict colour palettes… 





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  1. Gon

    2010-07-11 at 9:04 PM

    I’m in love with Papa Rocha runway looks (more precisely the last picture)! The structure of that vest with the softness of the ruffle sleeves of the dress just kind of makes my day ahah!

  2. Muhumorko

    2010-07-11 at 10:18 PM

    “The first is of course John Rocha who I STILL think is one of the most underrated designers of LFW,…”
    !! can’t agree more!

  3. amanda

    2010-07-11 at 10:50 PM

    adore the styling. so inspiring!

  4. NYC Fashion

    2010-07-12 at 3:28 AM

    I too think the styling is inspiring and i LOVE the leging.

  5. therunawaydress

    2010-07-12 at 4:23 AM

    Every this is too damn awesome to handle.

  6. melissa

    2010-07-12 at 7:36 AM

    awesome collection! wow! love it so much! <3

  7. manolo blahnik 2010

    2010-07-12 at 8:10 AM

    what an amazing fashion show~
    love it

  8. samantha

    2010-07-12 at 9:57 AM

    I love the sheer bits, softens the looks at just the right level.

  9. Sarah Betty

    2010-07-12 at 12:06 PM

    Beautiful collection – my favourite’s the last one for sure!
    Sarah Betty

  10. elena vasilieva

    2010-07-12 at 5:01 PM

    this collection definitely has something to it. the looks are cohesive and seem well made. love some of the details and i’m a total fan of this kind of black and nude and grey colour combinations

  11. Nina

    2010-07-12 at 5:49 PM

    Love every single piece here…

  12. My Republic of Fashion

    2010-07-12 at 8:16 PM

    Love John Rocha’s collection, but whenever I think of John Rocha, I think Debenhams or Waterford Crystal.

  13. susie_bubble

    2010-07-12 at 9:07 PM

    ^My thoughts exactly….oh and update of course, Simone Rocha has just got Fashion East – bravo!

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