I guess it's totally normal that there is more than one designer inspired by Iceland's singular beauty for AW14: Bashratyanv and Christopher Raeburn being two of my FAVOURITES. Each one though does look at it from a different angle, and there is something rather hauntingly romantic about John Rocha's interpretation, which really hits the heart.
Couple this with echoes of the work of French painter Pierre Soulages and you have a collection of textures and shades of black worked in wonderful techniques, hand crochets, appliquéd velvets, and embroidered tulle lace and silks.
Like Pierre Soulages, John Rocha is obsessed with the power of black and although the collection does have brushes of midnight greens, garnet and forest smoke, it is primarily that: BLACK, and fantastically so!
It's John Rocha's mastery of texture and structure that really shines through. Trapeze coats, cropped jackets, skirts, tunics, dresses and oversized corsages burst with organzas, chiffons and silk georgettes, stamped with John Rocha's signature - the symmetry between TENDER/STRONG, STARK/ORNATE.