Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Resort 2013 Collection | Roksanda Ilincic

“I am definitely a dress designer, but look at me now!” laughed Roksanda Ilincic, gesturing towards her own outfit—a pair of Whistles pants and a gray tunic top as she opened the door of her studio. “Everyone’s talking about trousers so even I’ve started wearing them!” The main idea Ilincic has worked through for resort is a compromise for dress-loving women who are going through the same sort of comfort-zone crisis as the designer herself: that moment of dithering when boredom with one fashion habit meets uncertainty about how to move on to the next. Her elegant solution? Multiple examples of slim dresses layered, tunic-wise, over reed-thin pants. “I get fed up with things in my personal wardrobe—like everyone does—so I put pants under the dresses,” she said with a shrug. “Of course, they’re still dresses, if you want to wear them like that, but I thought it becomes a bit more modern this way.”

A book of Ellsworth Kelly’s color field paintings was lying on her desk; it’s the second key to the sophisticated, streamlined look she’s devised. “These gorgeous pictures prompted me to push forward and experiment,” she explained, showing how she’d used a different process, incubating the collection by painting curviform blocks of red, orange, black, pink, and white on rectangles of paper, pinning them on her fit model, and then photographing the result. “I like the way it sort of makes the body look flat,” she said. “2-D rather than 3-D.” 

The result? A sure-footed step forward in the easy-to-wear, yet strikingly photogenic style Ilincic has developed. There’s plenty here amongst the columnar floor-length dresses, sleek skirts, shifts, and pants to appeal directly to the three chairwomen of the Ilincic-wearing classes: Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Samantha Cameron. Not a bad fan club to have, really.

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photos: Courtesy of Roksanda Ilincic

Enjoy my previous Resort 2013 post -

'Resort 2013 Collection | Louis Vuitton by Julie de Libran'

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