AFTER the success of his own weekend catwalk show, it was John Rocha's turn to take a front-row seat at London Fashion Week yesterday as his daughter Simone showed off her latest designs for autumn/winter 2011.
At the Fashion East Show in the Topshop venue, she was one of three up-and-coming names who explored everything from Joan Baez influences and American colonialism to the work of Louise Bourgeois.
Simone showed minimal and deconstructed tailoring, cut sharply and with sheer panelling and fur patches spliced in, to an audience made up of buyers, press and art-school kids .
The attendance was a reminder of the varied melting pot of talents from which London Fashion Week is drawn.
The shows continue in London today, with a schedule devoted to showcasing the best of menswear, before the fashion pack jets off to Milan to see what the Italian labels have to offer.
Meanwhile, designer Joanne Hynes showed some Galway millinary genius at her London Fashion Week show , with intricate hand basketry hats woven from bog oak.
Hynes's all Irish show, entitled Les Guerriers, included nine digital print dresses designed by and using fabrics by Monaghan artist Helen Steel .