Rocha’s show puts whole new spin on knitwear
IT’S FUNNY what men think about when fishing.
Designer John Rocha was so smitten with the Icelandic landscape as he reeled in the salmon, he factored it into his autumn/winter 2011 collection at London Fashion Week, for his show at Somerset House.
Armed with a palette of nude, rose, milk, black and the occasional splash of crimson with stitched gold, Rocha's latest collection eulogises the art of the handcrafted garment.
There's nothing dowdy about these loopy, wooly cardi-jackets. Crochet stitches are about to get a whole lot more interesting thanks to Rocha. “I used over 100 different fabrics,” he said. “It's all about the texture. Some of the hats took two weeks to make.”
The show opened with model-of the-moment Abbey Lee Kershaw in a threedimensional black knit cardi. A black fur collar and metallic, buckle-over boots added a luxurious touch.
A rich, red-hued fur jacket provided structure over a nude silk georgette top with shredded hemline.The drama continued with an asymmetric underskirt in butter cream silk with splashes of crimson.
The menswear was also visually exciting, with precise tailoring crossed playfully with eccentric touches.
Following Rocha’s show, Somerset House filled up for the Issa London ‘royal' show. Daniella Helayel, who designed Kate Middleton's engagement dress, was the hottest ticket in town. Model Kershaw made a quick turnaround backstage to appear in this show too.