John Rocha – Fond Farewell to a Fashion Legend
A designer who first took to the London Fashion Week schedule in 1985, where sleek, almost transparent lines emerged, and through to his recent signature voluminous silhouettes and froufou head pieces, John Rocha has accomplished worldwide fame thanks to his collections that bridge the gap between ready-to-wear and haute couture. But sadly, recent news has broken that the designer has decided to retire from London Fashion Week.
This shocking industry news comes as a somewhat uncertain surprise as it is considered that Rocha has recently produced his most alluringly, lust-worthy works to date. The designer who creates timeless garments admitted that while his creations remain at the forefront of fashion, now is the perfect time to retire from his eponymous brand. With the constant demands of producing cutting edge designs season after season, its no wonder the legendary designer acquires a deserving rest after a staggering 29 years in the persistently embryonic industry.
Everlastingly wanting to maintain his high style standards, Rocha acknowledges that the last couple of collections have been the best work he has completed, and with many new talented designers emerging he feels now’s the time to end his seasonal masterpieces. Rocha’s creations are 100% designed all by the man himself, confidently expressing the fact that he could relay back every element of every single look from each collection. With the upmost adoring passion and utter commitment to his fashions, Rocha has made the final decision, wishing for nobody to take over his label.
So what is on the retired horizon for the designer in the upcoming future? “I want to explore my design philosophy in different mediums, and I’m very interested in architecture,” he informs Vogue. Of course, the Rocha legacy will undoubtedly live on through his daughter Simone (pictured with John right), where her modern and strong yet romantic signatures will perform as a unique extension of her father’s unforgettable works. With all the excitement of embracing what the future holds and ultimately reflecting the true significance of fashion, the designer declares, “It’s time to move on.”
Words by Katie Farley
Freelance Fashion Stylist & Fashion Writer