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John Rocha

As preparations for London Fashion Week intensify, the designer is concerned for his daughters in London

John Rocha

August 10 2011
John Rocha

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I have been watching Sky News for the past few days, and I am shocked by what I see on the television – and obviously concerned for my two daughters living in London.

So today I called Simone, who is a fashion designer living and working in Hackney. She is horrified, but thankfully her friends and colleagues are all fine. Yesterday she was shooting a short film for her SS12 collection (more on this later!); they where indoors most of the day avoiding the trouble brewing on the streets outside. But she did decide to close the studio and let the assistants work from home until things settle down.

Then I spoke to Zoe, my other daughter, who lives and works in the East End as well. Zoe is head of production for Stephen Fry’s film company. They too were busy working indoors on a new film project. So I sighed an inner “Thank God” they are both OK.

Then in the afternoon, back in the studio where it’s frantic with London Fashion Week preparations. This season we are making more than 1,000 handmade invitations for the catwalk show. The textile team also have to complete handmade embellishments for the shoes, which need to be ready next week so the Italian shoe manufacturer can complete the footwear on time for the show fittings in London. Luckily my head designer Caoimhe keeps a very calm head, and all the team deliver wonderful work on schedule. But things are hotting up for London Fashion week...

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