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London Fashion Week: John Rocha spring/summer 2011

Hilary Alexander

Published 20/09/2010 | 11:53

John Rocha with a model wearing a dress from his spring/summer 2011 collection. Photo: Getty Images
John Rocha with a model wearing a dress from his spring/summer 2011 collection. Photo: Getty Images
John Rocha spring/summer 2011 at London Fashion Week. PA Wire

Inspired by the landscapes and tranquillity of fishing trips, John Rocha worked with bone corsetry and Lincoln tweeds for his latest collection.

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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.

Telegraph.co.uk

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