While temperatures drop, fashion takes a leap forward as designers flock to London to show their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. This year, designer John Rocha chose to use one of our favorite places to inspire his collection. Paired with his signature voluminous style, Rocha drew inspiration for the bold hues of Provence.
Located on the South Eastern region of France on the Mediterranean adjacent to Italy, Provence is know for its great climate, rich culture, and its colorful history.
John Rocha's creations loudly display spicy reds, faded leaf yellows and dry clay tones combined with wonderful punky shapes and styling tailored to more feminine sensibilities. Dress after dress, Rocha's clothes wowed audiences with their brazen display of Provencal colors. After admiring Rocha's beautiful dresses, we thought we'd share some of our antiques from this romantic region as well as other pieces drenched in the bright colors of Provence.
These lovely pieces from the region of Provence are perfect examples of what we call "Country French". The noble woods, the rush seats and simple styling are a reminder of the laid back, easy way of life one finds in Provence. The ocher coloration of the pot comes from natural pigments found in the area and is reminiscent of many familiar scenes we have admired in 19th century Impressionist paintings.
The gorgeous red of this dress reminds us of a set of chairs we have available. The set of 6 French Art Deco dining chairs has ebonized legs, with a gorgeous macassar French polished back. The seats are covered in their original 1940s red leather.
This photograph of two Rocha originals side by side brings to mind an architecturally striking fixture we have in our gallery. The chandelier features dangling glass pieces alternating in yellow and clear glass, strategically placed to created a cascading look of glass over glass.