Lights, camera and action! All the photographers, bloggers, Fashion PR and Press, Fashion students and ardent followers of John Rocha scurry in to the show to get the best positioning. John has lived in the UK for nearly thirty years but hails from the East - Hong Kong. He has spent most of his life in Ireland and has a daughter who is quickly following in his footsteps; becoming a respected fashion designer in her own right. Simone Rocha graduated from Central St Martin's in 2010. John's collection started off with a lot of black, lacy devore and silky georgette textures. We witnessed a swarm of ravens and crows along the catwalk. We observed lots of volume and we were mesmerised by the taffeta, satin coats.
This Gold densely worked dress was in 3D bloom. The layers were bold and the ruffles were big. Fashion Thirst has called it the 'Ferrero ROCHA' dress. It was nice and short and emphasis was placed on the upper part of the body. Big golden roses rendered a sense of edgy, bold and big dreams. The volume, elegance and romanticism in this collection allowed us to explore John's inspiration of the Valley Race Track in Hong Kong.
Paul Costelloe described his SS12 collection as a celebration of the strong female silhouette. Through a soft colour palette – a hybrid of corals pinks and mint greens, peppered with paisley prints – structured feminine shapes and an air of innocent vintage Parisian romance, the London Fashion Week collection was just that. Using the Hollywood classic 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' as the inspiration for his SS12 range, the collection was young, fresh, playful and with a modern edge.
The pieces all seemed to have a quirky exaggerated element – oversized pleat sleeves, voluminous ruffle necks and almost balloon like shoulders seemed to be a quietly mischievous nod to Alice in Wonderland.
Boris Johnson, The Mayor of London has had the fashion world in quite a stir, as fashionista's flocked in full force to Somerset House for the grand opening of London Fashion Week. Mr Johnson gave a speech about his thoughts on fashion and the future plans for the fashion industry for 2012.
Despite Boris being surrounded by fashionista's across the globe, and being at a high profile event, he looked like his usual self; unruly, windswept locks and a basic boardroom suit. Even when asked as to who he was wearing in regards to his suit, he quite casually repled "i dont know... a suit" , but he went on to say "I am wearing a very fashionable polyester tie made in England, which came from a free school which I opened in West London".
The six day event was in full swing as London-based Irishman Paul Costelloe's Spring-Summer2012 collection kicked off the biannual event, with 1960's inspired pieces. I wonder if Mr Johnson was inspired by anything he saw today?