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John Rocha

The fashion designer’s empty nest fills with home-for-the-holidays loved ones

John Rocha

December 06 2010
John Rocha

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Sunday morning I woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Dublin with snow on the ground. I started by taking our dog Rufus, a very grumpy short-haired dachshund, for a walk to pick up coffee for my wife, Odette, and to buy our usual stash of English and Irish Sunday papers. Walking down to Leeson Street, Rufus tried to bury himself in the snow while I enjoyed my first cigar of the day.

I don’t usually work on a Sunday, but I spent the day designing at home as I’ve been away from my studio for a few weeks – first in Hong Kong and China on business, and then I stopped off in New Zealand on my way back home to catch the U2 concert in Auckland; amazing! I had to skip the after party as I was scheduled to rise at 5am for a flight to Lake Taupo, on the North Island. I had booked a three-day fishing expedition in the outback, staying in a log cabin with no electricity or hot water. Unbeknownst to Greg, my fishing guide, and I, we were apparently sharing the cabin with four very noisy deer hunters; on arrival, we were greeted by the sight of two dead deer suspended from a tree! Regardless, it was a very successful fishing trip; I caught some beautiful rainbow trout on the dry fly.

Odette and I have had an empty nest since September. My daughters, Zoe and Simone, are living in London and our son Max is studying in France. Simone arrived home tonight and will spend the next week working in the studio (she is also a fashion designer, and will show her A/W 2011 collection with Fashion East during London Fashion Week next February). So Odette cooked a roast chicken dinner. We’re both so happy to have Simone home – we are still finding hard getting used to the children living away.

I’m quite looking forward to an early start in the studio tomorrow, as I’m hard at work on my own A/W collection for London Fashion Week. I still get very enthusiastic at the prospect – and am pleased to say I think I have some exciting ideas worked out.

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