Roksanda Ilincic: 'Clothing can be like armour'
Roksanda Ilincic insists the right outfit has the power to make women feel both protected and empowered.
The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, has won over a new fashion set in recent times after her dresses were worn by three different political wives in high profile events. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has worn Roksanda on various occasions, while Samantha Cameron chose a colourful dress with geometric patterns when photographed with her husband David Cameron on his last day as Prime Minister of the U.K. in July (16). But perhaps even more surprising was when Melania Trump wore a white Roksanda shift dress with bubble sleeves for a speech at the Republican convention last month (Jul16). Speaking about why her designs appeal to such high-profile women, the Serbian native puts it down to the fact that her outfits have a certain sense of duality.
“It’s understated but at the same time it’s very strong,” she told the Financial Times of her signature style. “We can communicate through clothing and, because of that, clothing can be a type of armour, not in terms of being hard and physically protecting, but more emotionally and mentally”.
In addition to four collections per year, Roksanda has introduced swimwear, childrenswear and a jewellery line to her offerings. But it’s her sleek new handbag line that she unveiled for autumn/winter that she’s really excited about. The range features satchel-inspired and cross-body styles in shades of navy, rose pink and maroon, along with Roksanda's signature circle shape closures, and the designer has big ideas for the collection going forward.
“Our plan for next season is even higher, always pushing for more and thinking large. I think it’s very important to set your goals high and try to achieve them, rather than be too modest,” she shared.