While most designers of late have been interpreting Spring/Summer 2017 trends by way of festival-ready wardrobes, Roksanda Ilincic’s “song to summer” collection is refreshingly serene. With earthy tones, a sprinkling of amorphous prints, and a laidback silhouette, her presentation at London Fashion Week was a tribute to graceful dress codes. Billowing oversized shapes, lustrous silks, and liquid satins were an easy sell when done in gorgeous color-blocked exteriors, but were even more enticing with their jaw-dropping sleeves and sporty accents.
Oversized shapes started the show off on an accessible note, with suiting, slip dresses, silky separates, and satin frocks leading the parade in shades of terra cotta, peach, royal purple, and sand. While there was a languid ease to each look, some were juxtaposed with unexpected track suit trim and touches of modern artistry in the form of abstract prints. Sleeves came in a variety of versions from batwing and bishop to leg ‘o mutton, adding volume to already voluminous looks.
The result was something both sophisticated and light-hearted, which reflected the fashion-forward but attainable mood of the collection.
Generously cut dresses and palazzo pants were the meat and potatoes of this collection, but athletic sheaths and pant suits also made a splash. Accessories were also Roksanda’s strong suit, as each look was paired with a single sculptural earring, a fantastically structured handbag, and chic flats. The finale rested on gowns designed with hourglass silhouettes and full skirts, featuring sheer fabric spliced with opaque shapes and randomly applied feather strips. The result was something both sophisticated and light-hearted, which reflected the fashion-forward but attainable mood of the collection.