For Spring/Summer 2014, Roksanda Ilincic switches gears. Her creative engine is powered by sunshine, positivity, and a radiantly happy collection that worships color.
Ilincic, known for her love of juxtaposing color in wide panels (a fresh new spin on color-blocking), takes the technique to new levels for her latest presentation. Yellow fever sweeps the runway, with the sunny shade popping up from the first to the last look. Opening on a sumptuous lemon yellow A-line skirt and grayscale abstract patterned top, Ilincic quickly establishes her lively, electric aesthetic. A padded neoprene jacket with sloping shoulders is a signal that even Ilincic is picking up on London’s voluminous volume trend. Layers are also key, and Ilincic presents her insanely covetable A-line, mid-length skirts with flat skinny trousers underneath. Pleated skirts are shown with little windowpane inserts of contrasting color, and others have tiny rectangular slices cut from the middle. While shapes and silhouettes are down-to-earth and wearable, Ilincic’s color palette is one of the most enticing we’ve seen at Fashion Week so far – giving this collection an edge over the competition. Formal looks are more fanciful, outfitted with technical, laser-cut webbing overlays and stiff crystal 3D appliqués. Ilincic has become one of London’s top designers in the past few years, but this collection shows that she’s not just resting on her laurels. Strive for the new and you’ll either fail or win – and this is a case where a change of pace results in a Win.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway