London Fashion Week: John Rocha spring/summer 2011
Inspired by the landscapes and tranquillity of fishing trips, John Rocha worked with bone corsetry and Lincoln tweeds for his latest collection.
I've often wondered exactly where and how designers get their inspiration. For John Rocha, the answer is salmon fishing.
The Dublin-based designer goes several times a year to fish The Tweed and the Test, and recently landed a 12lb salmon on a river in the Arctic Circle. And the peace, solitude and the landscapes formed the basis of his thoughts for his spring/summer 2011 collection shown at London Fashion Week this afternoon.
Rocha, renowned for his experimental interpretation of Celtic culture, used Linton tweeds in soft cream, for raw-edge jackets and fishtail skirts. He showed boned corsetry with cloud-like pouff-skirts of black and parchment-toned silk tulle. And he layered hand-crocheted dresses over silken petticoats.
The underwear concept was echoed in boned bodices, strapless romper-suits, and bodies, draped with silk-chiffon, or visible under chiffon, fishtail gowns. The collection, almost entirely in black or cream, was occasionally shot with colour, as in capes, fishtail-skirts and dresses, hand-crocheted in black and bright-colour floral motifs.
The clothes were accessorised with lace-up, wrap-around boots and sandals, cocoon-shape backpacks, and gigantic tulle hats.