John Rocha has announced that he will no longer be showing his collections at London Fashion Week.
“It has been an amazing journey for me, one for which I am truly grateful, grateful for the opportunity to present my vision and to follow my dreams,” he said in a statement. “But now it is time for me to explore new challenges. And so I have decided that from September, I will no longer present a collection at London Fashion Week, and that even though I am so happy with the wonderful response to my AW14 collection, sadly it will be my last.”
Rocha has been a London Fashion Week fixture since 1985, receiving the BFA Designer of the Year Award in 1993 and a CBE for his contribution to the fashion industry just under 10 years later in 2002.
Speaking to Vogue, he revealed one of the most personal reasons for the retirement. “I left Hong Kong in 1971 and I have never been back to spend Chinese New Year with my family because it always falls in February during the shows. In 40 years I have never taken more than ten days holiday at once. At this point in my life I want to live by my calendar and not the Fashion Week calendar,” he said.