Dubliner designer John Rocha is a force all his own. Season after season this Irishman pushes the envelop during London Fashion Week with collections that often graze the romantic and the rebellious as much as they sample the sartorial past, all while flirting with a directional style.
For fall-winter 2011-12, he celebrates his braided-hair muse as a newly imagined sprite for the modern world, one, accessorized with a well-dressed gentleman at her side. Though as modern and edgy as she may appear, she remains distinctly vulnerable with her stylized pagan flair.
Deconstructed knits, asymmetric hems, cropped proportions and juxtapositions of materials and treatments deliver a romp into another worldly realm. The conscious choice to deliberately show each and every garment within layered looks is part of that Rocha edge.
The collection’s overall flavor is nocturnal with some materials selected for their sheen and reflective properties, and others for their light absorption. Of course there are a few touches of color to enhance the nocturnal dichotomy, with red to liven up the party.
The collection’s strong fur component is not just relegated to the outerwear –‘pelt-medley’ jackets and peplum coats with dropped shoulders– but also to some garments and accessories creating exciting pieces that can honestly be a little confusing at first glance. Of course, once separated, each piece can take a life of its own to complement many more wardrobes than expressed on the catwalk.
To view a video montage of fur fashion images from the John Rocha fall 2011 collection go here.
For fur fashion images from all the fall 2011 designer collections visit Fur-Style.com.
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