LFW A/W '11 Report: Roksanda Illincic

24 February 2011

Roksanda is a certified fash pack pleaser. Inside every one of us, no matter how boyish or fierce our usual dress code, there’s the desire created after her shows to be draped on a chaise longue, languid silk bias-cut gown slipped casually on (or off), with a seemingly make-up free face and effortless grace. This is the Roksanda girl (or is it Roksanda herself? She’s ruddy bloody gorgeous!) and she lures us in every season.

Illincic’s silk gazar neons for the current spring season have brightened up boutiques and store windows up and down the country, but for me, I find it hard to think of a Roksanda collection that could beat the seventies infused autumn/winter ’10 line. I still think about the disco anthems, the crimped hair, the fabulous clothes… It was beyond brilliant. But then again, I’m a 1970s obsessive and should’ve been born in another decade. So what’s the dealio for Illincic a year on? Naturally, as dressing-after-dark is her forte there was a focus on evening wear, but Roksanda brought a casual, more day appropriate slant to her collection this time, too. Sporty, minimalist separates in stiff grey wool were introduced – so that her iconic silk-satin maxi skirts could be transformed by the addition of a boxy tee or fluid super-flares had an instant dressing down with a structured, serious coat. OK, so the outerwear was flourished with multicolour feathers, but a gal can’t go totally casual, right?

Added to the clever eveningwear-as-daywear twists, Roksanda’s sharp little two-fer dresses (that’s the kind of dress that looks like it’s a top and a skirt) that would make sharp little work outfits. The colour palette was divine - no surprise there – ranging from cerise pink, to the deepest lipstick red, sapphire blue, bronze… Now someone find us a glam chaise longue in a sexy hotel apartment and a cigarette holder. STAT!
- Hannah Almassi


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