Roksanda Ilincic Spring/Summer 2012. Photo:PA
WHO? Roksanda Ilincic
IN A NUTSHELL: We grabbed a quick backstage chat with Roksanda post show, where she revealed that her new collection was inspired by 1960s couture, meets 80s-era grunge. Translation? Beautiful experimental shapes - voluminous sleeves, softly structured skirts, all-encompassing gowns - combined with strong colour combinations, mis-matching heels and knitted beanie hats.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The drop-waist prom dresses were as covetable as ever, and we also loved the paper-bag waist skirts fastened with a thick rope belt. We also fell in love with a teal-turquoise coat with textured sleeves (pictured.) Oh and the colour-clash neon heels by Nicholas Kirkwood caught our beady eye, too...
F-ROW: Anna Wintour, Poppy Delevigne and Charles Worthington
VERDICT: While Roksanda may be renowned for her more formal eveningwear (her collaboration with Whistles was a sell-out success) her latest collection showed a subtle move towards daywear-appropriate separates - but without sacrificing that inimitable Ilincic elegance. We also loved that the mustard and aqua opening numbers matched the colours in the ballroom at the grand Institute of Directors, where the show was set. A nice touch.