Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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70s SUMMER DAY
London: The Roksanda Illincic show depicted two main messages: the warm airiness of a late summer day, and the 70s. Illincic drew inspiration from the former – it was an intended theme for the show. The latter seemed to happen almost unconsciously, which would make sense, as the swinging disco era has been in the air this season. A warm color palette of coral, dusty lilac, royal blue, mauve, rosy chocolate, and silvery taupe read like a glistening August sunset. Silk organza captured the breezy weightlessness of summer air, while reflective metallic mesh trimmed nearly every garment. Delicate metallic details were a nice touch; chain belt loops sparkled on a pair of high-waisted silk trousers, as did the silver seed beads that decorated a blouse and trapeze caftan. Cut from the same lightweight silks, a small selection of tailored separates offered an interesting blend of structure, sheerness, and weightlessness. While the appeal of a summer day was communicated through material and color, the show’s silhouettes suggested 1970s. Column skirts and trousers hugged the hips and and belled at the bottom. Caftan shapes came in every length, and abbreviated bell-shaped sleeves looked ethereal on sheer blouses. Many models sported bohemian head scarfs, solidifying the retro feel. Illincic punctuated looks with lime green clutches and electric orange fingernails, making her yet another participant in S/S 11 neon trend.
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