For a collection inspired in part by architecture, Roskanda Ilincic couldn't have picked a more fitting venue: The Place at London Bridge Quarter, where a panoramic view of the London Eye and St. Paul's greeted guests like Joely Richardson and her stunning daughter, Daisy Bevan.
Of course, attention immediately shifted from the incredible view to Ilincic's bold wares for spring '14, the second the show began. The Central St. Martin's grad, famed for her colourblocking and intense palettes, kicked things off with a fresh and invigorating bright yellow. A combination of nearly fluoro orange, black, and purple — which might have looked circusy under someone else's direction — also dominated the collection.
Models with hair pulled back into ponytails tied with pointy black ribbons (a nod to fall '13's witchy influence, perhaps?) and feet encased in Nicholas Kirkwood's T-bar heels and patent-leather booties with neon patches, presented what Ilincic called a variation of "modern dress."
Drawing inspiration from the Brazilian Concrete art movement, Ilincic showcased inky geometric prints and colourblocked panels in various silhouettes. And as at Mulberry, culottes emerged, as well as tight black trousers worn like leggings underneath several frocks. Dresses were also sliced to reveal strips of colour as the model moved, with pleated skirts hanging long on the sides yet cut short in the center.
Our eyes instantly seized upon the boxy yellow neoprene tops and a web-printed black-and-white gown that might have been worn by Audrey Hepburn once upon a time. And with any luck, it'll be worn by us, next.
Photos: Courtesy of Roksanda Ilincic