Once upon a time Roksanda Ilincic was dubbed the new “Queen of the cocktail dress” but while her eveningwear remains elegant as ever, the past few seasons have seen the designer branch out into everyday attire too. This is excellent news for anyone with great taste and a big budget because as it happens, Roksanda’s take on day dressing is every bit as inspired as her red carpet looks.
Ever since being inducted into the world of Roksanda during our fateful (and highly eventful) trip to Doha a couple of years ago I’ve been nurturing an obsession with her uncanny knack for combining bold colour combinations with immaculate cuts. Her Pre Fall 2013 collection is a prime example. Marrying clashing brights, acid hues and vibrant plaids with monochrome shades and conservative hemlines, Ilincic delivers a unique take on high fashion cool. Despite being a First Lady favourite and expert at “doing demure”, there is a playful side to her collections that makes me love them even more. Case in point: those supersized clutch bags. Are they practical? No! A little bit ridiculous? Maybe. But do I want one? HELL YES! It’s couture worthy construction meets London quirk with subtle geek chic undertones. Sounds like a recipe for carnage I know but as you can see, in the capable hands of Roksanda Ilincic it’s pure, sartorial gold.
Love Ella. X