12.30 John Rocha – CBE for his contribution to fashion; British Fashion Designer of the Year 2004.
Good Show. Playful but kept his feet firmly on the ground for femininity and seriousness. The ready to wear collection has been injected with doses of quirky styling. A bit victorian, a bit 60s, a bit futuristic.
Brilliant cushiony accessories dominated the show. Pumped and stuffed pillow alice bands. Fur alice bands. Double pillows formed a V-shaped around the neckline. An excellent combination of quirkiness and elegance. Sounds horrific but completely wearable.
Another ongoing theme is sewed on wavy embellishment on flexible see-through material on a peplum. The reinforced rim on the peplum gives a nice contrast to the frivolous and fluid tulle/chiffon used on the skirt.
Ingenious tweed swimsuit like maillot, perfect fine ruffles on the entire front. Loosely fitted morning gown like coat/wrap. Impressive.
1. Princessy victorian collar with chiffon pleating held together by an elasticated ribbon as removable collar.
2. Pea shaped oversized black leather clutch box complete with round the side bold silver zip.
Mens collection is definitely manly and barbaric. Started off with a buff, big and warm; oversized, shapeless and ruthless fur coat that reminded me of a bear. Then a furry Germany SS coat with a thin belt above the waist. Impressive tweed suit that has mocked tailor mark as details.
1445 – Basso and Brooke, Press Office “Blow” at Goodge Street
1530 – Basso and Brooke, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury Ballroom.
Failed to get in, more later.
General: Got interviewed by the Daily Mail, photographed by Elle UK and the stylescout (again!).