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John RochaSpring Summer 2014 London

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9/14/2013 NOWFASHION

English Romanticism abounds at John Rocha playing antidote to the inclement weather that's befallen London Fashion Week so far. A swanlike figure in a graceful shin-length crinoline chiffon dress with striking red appliqués cascading upwards from the hemline, opened to a full room of oohs. Yes, John Rocha's done it again. Rather witfully, the first look was an adequate summary of the collection - skillful maneuvering of form and tangible handwork have been the hallmark for the designer. Eyes darted back and forth the runway stealing second glances at the statement headpiece resembling victorian laced hats that have somehow evolved with an extended visor.

The palette of the season in London - ivories and white - play blank canvas upon which John Rocha projects his painterly images. Two dimensional quasi-impressionist prints transformed with hand-sculpted petals added to the lyrical textures of the collection. Sheer silk organza veiled the model's form evoking a Jane Austen-like chaste sensuality, a stark contrast to the darker sophistication that followed. John Rocha anchored the show with a poison-ivy look, a floor-length black lacquered lace dress that glistened dangerously in the light.

The collection was a nuanced play on classic Victorian garden party shapes with a strong hand in maintaining the women as regal creatures that glide. The romantic narrative throughout was enough to draw the audience in for a moment, and lift us out the wet tents of London Fashion Week.

NOWFASHION.COM

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9/14/2013 NOWFASHION

English Romanticism abounds at John Rocha playing antidote to the inclement weather that's befallen London Fashion Week so far. A swanlike figure in a graceful shin-length crinoline chiffon dress with striking red appliqués cascading upwards from the hemline, opened to a full room of oohs. Yes, John Rocha's done it again. Rather witfully, the first look was an adequate summary of the collection - skillful maneuvering of form and tangible handwork have been the hallmark for the designer. Eyes darted back and forth the runway stealing second glances at the statement headpiece resembling victorian laced hats that have somehow evolved with an extended visor.

The palette of the season in London - ivories and white - play blank canvas upon which John Rocha projects his painterly images. Two dimensional quasi-impressionist prints transformed with hand-sculpted petals added to the lyrical textures of the collection. Sheer silk organza veiled the model's form evoking a Jane Austen-like chaste sensuality, a stark contrast to the darker sophistication that followed. John Rocha anchored the show with a poison-ivy look, a floor-length black lacquered lace dress that glistened dangerously in the light.

The collection was a nuanced play on classic Victorian garden party shapes with a strong hand in maintaining the women as regal creatures that glide. The romantic narrative throughout was enough to draw the audience in for a moment, and lift us out the wet tents of London Fashion Week.

NOWFASHION.COM


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