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John Rocha

Ruminations on local talent at the British Fashion Awards

John Rocha

December 08 2010
John Rocha

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Had my morning coffee sitting outside at Le Petit Café on Stafford Street in London, then returned to the flat to spend time designing, as I have deadlines to meet for my knitwear factory in Italy.

I paid a visit to my store on Dover Street, where Odette was busy re-merchandising, I helped her hang some new paintings from our current exhibition of the artist Guggi. Then I had a good chat with our lovely girls who look after the store for us, Annica and Dorothee; all going well.

I took Odette out for a delicious lunch at Wild Honey, and afterwards we stopped by the Louise Bourgeois currently running at the new Hauser & Wirth London Gallery on Savile Row. This is a very inspiring exhibition, in particular the installations and the giant spider. I am a huge fan of Louise Bourgeois, who sadly died earlier this year.

At 6pm we headed off to the British Fashion Awards – we were guests of Rob Templeman, CEO of Debenhams. The first person we met there was Lynne Franks, who prompted our career 25 years ago – I find it hard to believe it’s 17 years ago that I won British designer of the year. This year’s ceremony was beautifully done in the newly refurbished Savoy Theatre. My personal highlight was the film by Nick Knight, made as a tribute to Alexander McQueen, titled To Lee, With Love, Nick. Amazing…

Nicholas Kirkwood won for best accessories, and Phoebe Philo of Céline took designer of the year. I was delighted for Meadham Kirchhoff, who won young designer of the year.

The ceremony was followed by dinner in the ballroom, where I met many good friends including Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper’s Bazaar, and Jasper Conran. We had a lovely evening that left me with the feeling that the future of British fashion is moving in the right direction.

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