From Rocha with Love – singer gets the VIP treatment
IRISH designer John Rocha has become Courtney Love’s new fashion "crush".
The American musician and actress requested a special latenight visit to Rocha’s London store in Dover Street last Thursday, in advance of travelling to Milan Fashion Week.
Arriving at 10pm, Courtney exited an hour later with eight pieces from his spring-summer 2010 collection. The shopping bags included a black organza with silk ruffles, a black laceknit short dress with pleated cotton embellishment as well as black brogues, shorts and silver bracelets from his jewellery collection.
But the big hit of the afterhours fashion expedition store off was an aqua one-piece playsuit in sheer georgette, with Rocha’s signature laser-cut ruffles down the front.
Voted British Designer of the Year in 1993, Rocha’s collection is housed over three floors in a restored period house in exclusive Mayfair. The shop is located beside the uber cool Dover Street Market and Courtney visited the shop’s library and a room dedicated to his glassware collection for Waterford Crystal.
"Courtney absolutely adored John’s playsuit, or ‘onesie’ as she calls it and she has been drooling over it ever since," said Irish author Gisele Scanlon, who accompanied Love on the fashion spree.
Today, the pair are off to Harrods in Knightsbridge for a day of "playing dress-up" and fashion research before Courtney returns to the States at the weekend.
However, the actress, who was married to the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, is returning to London to guest edit a newspaper Arts and Film supplement for which she will be interviewing Katie Price, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gavin Friday of the Virgin Prunes, with whom she performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall alongside Lady Gaga and Bono last October.
Gisele, whose style bible, ‘The Goddess Guide’ sold 1.2 million copies worldwide interviewed Courtney for her follow-up book, ‘The Goddess Experience’, and the two have become friends.
"Courtney tweeted after she bought the book in Anthropologie in New York and sent copies to her friends," explained Listowel- born Gisele.
"When she came to London, we met up and she enquired which designer impressed me most at London Fashion Week. When I told her about John Rocha’s show, she asked to see his current collection so off we went and she’s been talking about John and his designs ever since.
"Over the years, Courtney has championed young emerging fashion designers and while John Rocha has been in business for more than 25 years, Courtney appreciated the energy and raw talent in his work," said the Irish writer.
"She has expressed a wish to go to Ireland to trace the Cobain family in Tyrone and to return to Dublin where she photographed Horslips for ‘Hot Press’ magazine many years ago."