REPORT by David Hayes
Kids. One minute you are ferrying them to junior ballet class, the next you are waiting nervously front-row at their coming-of-age London Fashion Week show. “I’ve got my own show in just under two hours,” said a proud but slightly tense John Rocha, perched on a bench at his daughter Simone’s first NEWGEN outing. “But today it’s all about her.” As if we were in any doubt, John.
Of course, the young Ms Rocha was on top form for her dad, taking the signature pared-down masculine/feminine textural mix she debuted at Fashion East for S/S 12 and adding an anthropological spin with touches inspired by the “feral tribes of Papua New Guinea”.
Cue a collection of crochet headpieces or a fringed wool waistband reminiscent of a grass skirt paired with tough-girl metallic silver leather biker jackets, cute Linton tweed skirt suits veiled in organza, shell tops in heavy lace, lashings of mohair and a couple of oversizedpony-skin bomber jackets for good measure.
“I was always a bit of a tomboy as a child,” admitted Simone Rocha backstage, summing up her style. “A bit scruffy, but trying to be ladylike.”