Lace lends grace to Rocha jewellery range
Veteran fashion designer John Rocha is enjoying an upsurge in business. His spring/summer 2013 collection received rave reviews from British 'Vogue' and Style.com in the US and last night he launched his latest range of Irish jewellery at the Kilkenny store on Nassau Street in Dublin.
Sipping champagne from one of his Waterford Crystal flutes, of course, Rocha -- who moved to Ireland from Hong Kong 30 years ago -- joked about the 'colour versus black' conundrum.
His black crystal has been popular with American customers but it was his use of colour in his collection at London Fashion Week in September that generated rave reviews.
Rocha found inspiration for his SS13 collection at Chateau La Coste in Provence, France, where he is creating a chapel made of crystal and stone for property developer Paddy McKillen.
His four new jewellery collections cover themes from lace to little birds, with prices starting at €75, and available exclusively at the Kilkenny shops.
The 'lace' jewellery intrigued fans at the launch and the designer explained how he took actual pieces of lace used in his catwalk dresses and pressed them into a jewellery master pattern.
Rocha's jewellery collection started out with brushed silver and then moved into pearls, gold and stone.
He added: "There is a lot of jewellery out there but we stick to what we believe in, which is a handcraft element with a modern approach."
Marian O'Gorman, CEO of the Kilkenny Group which hosted last night's launch, said: "Sales of Irish goods are well up as customers look carefully at what they spend."