Cassie Lockyer is our winning blogger for Day Two! LFW AW10 Report: John Rocha

21 February 2010

If I tell you to think of Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, you’re unlikely to think 'desirable wardrobe' and most certainly not likely to think, 'John Rocha'. However, the dark undertones of his collection brought precisely this to mind, and trust me, ladies; it worked.

The tone was essentially somber, with many pieces strutting down the runway in the darkest of blacks, but rich textures; leather, lace, silk, brought the collection to life. Show-stopping pieces included beautiful dresses covered in cascades of ruffles, lace overlays and occasionally, an exquisite, almost moth-eaten finish, which gave them an unrefined, edgy feel.  The ragged, seemingly shredded, edges of sleeves and hemlines made the garments reminiscent of a corpse bride but were elegantly executed.

While I might have left the knee-less tights and Queen’s Guard style hats at home, the fierce leather jackets coupled with a few deliciously ruffled mini-dresses, definitely could have been taken straight off the runway. I could’ve taken the final, stunning lacy number straight off Abbey Lee Kershaw's back. But if we can get our heads around clogs this season, who’s to say we won’t be fighting over elaborate headpieces six months down the line?

- Cassie Lockyer


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