The legend that is John Rocha put on another amazing show this season at the BFC tent on the grounds of the Natural History Museum on Saturday. There were hoards of photographers, fashion editors and socialites in attendance. The tent was buzzing with anticipation to see the collection, as was I. This was not only the show that kicked off my own personal fashion week; it was the first show I have attended! So what did Mr Rocha have install?
Rocha opened with one of his signature colours; black. There were coats, dresses and sculptured tailoring. Waists were nipped in, hips were padded and textures were beautiful. As with many of the shows this season, here and on the other side of the Atlantic, we have seen a lot of detailing on the shoulders. Rocha’s designs displayed capped sleeves on structured dresses. He also incorporated geranium reds and metallic gold in the collection. The dresses were loose and feminine made of chiffon, silk and velvet piping.
There were also patchwork knits, heavy tweed, mohair and sculptured mules. The head pieces were one of my personal highlights. Inspired by Anne Boleyn, the head pieces made a big statement, as well as the padded round collars.
John Rocha never fails to impress on the runway, not one face was disappointed as he walked it to applause. This autumn is looking good and is very much in safe hands with the likes of Rocha at the forefront of British design.
Words: Linh Ly