John Rocha Rocked for A/W ’11

by Katie on February 19, 2011

There’s not many designers out there who can combine Romanticism, a dedication to technique, exemplary understanding and command of textile clashing and design prowess which seems to capture the moment perfectly, without being ‘victim’ to it, yet each season John Rocha’s command of his empire seems to become more and more refined and ever more relevant.

With a front row that boasted vintage maven Virginia Bates, style icon and all round pop goddess, Roisin Murphy and Irish MTV presenter, Laura Whitmore, Mr Rocha’s appeal crossed the generations of style appreciation, a telling indictment of his talent. 

What John Rocha does so skillfully (for the past twenty five years plus) is make beautiful clothing that can be worn to add to the wearer’s personality and yet bring a piece of uniqueness.  What is the great pity is that John’s talent is often overlooked in place of lesser design talent in London’s eagerness to always show and promote the newest, the youngest and the hippest when it indeed should often be concentrating on talent, verve and consistency.

For Autumn/Winter 2011, Rocha yet again pushed the boundaries of his skill with a collection that was so wantable that it made me want to rifle the rails backstage.
Kicking off the collection were a set of stunning black pieces in tinseled yarns, sheer silks, laces and lambskins.  There was the air of the luxe gypsy traveller with traditional tweeds mixed with woven knits and heavily intricate pompom and tassled jackets with fur stoles thrown over the neck.  Hues of rose, nude and milk in alpaca and angora, ponyskin, honey shearling and silk georgettes with flashes of colour rippled with desire.
Raffia type wrap dresses were worn over architectural asymmetric pieces again with ubiquitous fur neck stoles.  Hats were worn as glamorously Bohemian additions to many of the outfits along with fish tail plaited hair which further exemplified the tactile nature of the textures.

See through mesh type crochet detailing (a key trend coming through for A/W ’11) was present in the ornate billowing slip dresses but it was a luxurious, plush red wrap trench that brought colour and additional confidence to the range.  Rocha then sent out streams of girls in fur and folds:  jackets, stoles, large wraps, hats and clashed this with delicate bright red chiffon, gathered pants, cream texture filled dresses with red scratch hem detailing and layer upon layer of frothy yet substantial chiffon.  It won’t please the fur detractors but I lapped this up. 
John Rocha’s Autumn collection is a must for lovers of textile and vintage.  There are pieces here that will age as beautifully yet disgracefully as I hope to live and wear them.
Rock on Rocha.
What did you think of John Rocha’s collection for A/W’11?  Please let me know in the comment box below.  Thank you.
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