John Rocha has announced that he is retiring from London Fashion Week.
The 60-year-old Hong Kong-born, Ireland-based designer has confirmed that his critically acclaimed Autumn/Winter 2014 collection- memorable for its georgette and chiffon, was his last.
He will not be hiring a creative director to take over however no redundancies are to be made at the Dublin-based studio. Instead, his team will now focus on its many successful long-term collaborations with Debenhams, Waterford crystal and eyewear for Specsavers.
Rocha has had a hugely successful career after his first show at London Fashion Week in 1985. He was awarded the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 1993 and was also awarded a CBE in 2002 for his contribution to the fashion industry.
Speaking to British Vogue, he explained the reasons as to why he made his decision: “It’s because I want to do more with my time.”
“I left Hong Kong in 1971 and I have never been back to spend Chinese New Year with my family because it always fall in February during the shows.”
“At this point in my life I want to live by my calendar and not the Fashion Week calendar.”
The Rocha name will not disappear from the London Fashion Week schedule altogether though, and he’ll still be there, but sat on the front row as a proud father. John’s daughter Simone Rocha, who was awarded emerging womenswear designer of the year at the 1013 British Fashion Awards, will carry on the Rocha legacy.
“Simone can continue on the family tradition in fashion” said Rocha when speaking to Vogue.
“For now I’m embracing the future. It’s time to move on.”