I often take photos at London fashion week from a rather curious angle, I’ll find myself crouching on the floor or jostling with photographers for a decent view. At the Roksanda SS16 show, I was in the gallery looking down. I was worried that I wouldn’t get the shots I needed, however my high vantage point allowed me to see the clothes in flowing motion, while they swirled around the long limbs of the models.
Roksanda Ilincic’s signature look is all about bold colours and contemporary textures housed within elegant, feminine tailoring. This season was no exception, although Ilincic took a lighter, less blocky approach to spring/summer. My favourite pieces were the diaphanous slip dresses adorned with fluffy, oversized shoulder embellishments that felt fresh and easy. The sculptural flared sleeves added volume and drama to the collection, although I suspect theses demi-couture details will be toned down when they hit the stores. The colour palette of powder blue, dove grey, blush pink, yellow and orange was punctuated with slashes of black, which grounded the light-weight ensembles.
With every collection, Roksanda’s colourful yet refined aesthetic evolves and gains authority. However, these are not clothes for shrinking violets, you have to be brave and tall to pull it off. But on the right woman, the Roksanda effect is rather wonderful.