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Fashion Bytes: Roksanda’s Garden of Pure Delight at London Fashion Week

   Photos by Indigital Images

Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at London Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: Roksanda

The history: Known for its twist on teatime elegance, this London label is famous for its trumpet-sleeve dresses and shiny silk textures. Since debuting as part of Topshop’s new designer showcase in 2005, the brand has been a London Fashion Week darling with fans like Kate Middleton, Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchett.

The designer: Serbian-born Roksanda Ilincic originally studied architecture, but quickly found her footing with fabrics instead. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in the early aughts, and has remained in London ever since. In 2012, she launched a series of children’s outfits inspired by her young daughter Efimia, now 6.



Behind the Scenes with Olivia Kim on Nordstrom’s Fall Brand Campaign

Over four days last June, a Nordstrom/SPACE crew, including VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and Creative Projects Director Strath Shepard, trundled around the California desert with photographer Alex Prager in an attempt to slow down time.

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Ellery, blowing in the wind.

Months before that, in our offices in Seattle, we had surmised that by the time fashion’s biggest season came around, what we’d really be after was some calm. Some quietude. A few moments of just being still. With all the cultural shifts, societal transformations and big changes in industry and leadership, we figured you might be open to those things as well.

There was only one thing to do: call the woman whose photographs are so stark and singular, so cinematic and timeless that they seem to both void time and define it simultaneously.

In this post we’re sharing Strath and Olivia’s images as a way of getting you behind the scenes—and in the ultimate mood—for a fall that’s full of discovery.


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10 Things That Happened at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week Fall 2016 helped to mint a new generation of designers while reasserting the influence and ingenuity of established British brands. Burberry injected grunge notes and pixie dust into a punky fall collection, while Vivienne Westwood, the punk doyenne herself, showcased ladylike suits and dresses on models with smudged lipstick. Relative newcomers like Ashley Williams and Faustine Steinmetz exhibited the casual cool of the new guard.

All in all, it was a colorful week, on and off the runway, with plenty of lavish fashion indicative of Britain’s illustrious sartorial history. Here’s why:

  1. Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland was again a hit on and off the runway with her faux-fur jackets inspired by her 91-year-old grandmother, who was a story herself this season.


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Get the Look: London Fashion Week Street Style at Burberry, Roksanda, Mother of Pearl and Amanda Wakeley

LFW3quadGimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.


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London Fashion Week: The Moods and Moons of Roksanda on the Runway and in Her Mayfair Flagship Shop

Three things contribute to the power of Roksanda Ilincic: color, structure and quiet, feminine strength. The Serbian-born designer uses beautifully offbeat shades and pairs them in even more musical and surprising ways. Her pieces are built in exceptional proportions with exaggerated lengths and details. And her dresses, coats, suits and sets exude an Old-World refinement and steely polish. It’s difficult if not impossible to imagine her straying from these touch points (say, with an all-black collection), but it’s always interesting to see how she develops them.

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For fall 2016, Roksanda washed runway walls in foggy blue and decorated them with vaguely Cubist astral illustrations, perhaps in reference to past collections. Although the velvet capes, long satin silhouettes and rich colors—magenta, pale pink, teal, burnt orange—aren’t inherently moody, there was something about the way they felt inside the set that rendered all of it rather introspective.

And then we found out she had been studying ’70s art and fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville.



Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati and More for Spring at SPACE

You know how fashion is: always on a slightly different calendar than the rest of the world. We’ll be lucky if we hit the mid-40s next week in Seattle, but on January 14 at the downtown flagship store, spring will have sprung—thanks to a very special pre-season event at SPACE, our Olivia Kim–curated shop for emerging and advanced designers.


Get on the warm-weather level with a head start on the coolest spring looks from brands such as Isa Arfen (pictured above, from last season’s New York Fashion Week presentation), Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati, Roksanda, Jacquemus and Brother Vellies.

Preview some of the collections and get the pertinent details.

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London Fashion Week S/S 2016: Roksanda’s Pastel Assemblages and Delicate Shapes

In the days before SPACE designer Roksanda Ilincic’s spring ’16 runway show, her label’s Instagram account sent out images taken from contemporary sculptor Pascal Pierme’s geometric work. Yellows, pinks, greys, browns and woodgrains. There were also black and white images of arching ballet dancers—from the ’50s?—and torn paper collage elements alongside macro-views of raw set construction.

aseemblageA sneak peek image of the show invite from Roksanda’s Instagram feed (via Instagram),
and a model and gown detail from backstage (Laura Cassidy)

The seemingly disconnected cues built quietly so that it wasn’t a set of references or inspirations per se, but a mood. Thanks to our earlier interview with her we know this is how Roksanda works; feeding off the feelings of her fuel, not the fuel itself.

Beginning with an air of tenderness and reverence backstage, and developing into a runway show soundtracked by Max Richter’s sharply somber avant-classical “November” and presented inside a labyrinth that transformed a neighborhood community hall, the morning evoked ideas about assemblage and togetherness, control and boundaries, and the spiraling freedom of letting it all go. Come inside and check it out.

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London Fashion Week S/S 2016: Where Roksanda Eats, Drinks & Shops in London

We’re big fans of letting experts be the experts, especially when it means asking for a few good recommendations when you’re visiting someone else’s town.


While we’re here in London we’ll be eating, drinking and gallery-ing our way through the city based on the suggestions of some of our favorite SPACE designers. First up, at the referral of the Roksanda team: a trip to Nopi, the small-plates jewel of the crazy-popular Ottolenghi family.

Going to London soon? You’re going to need to know about this beautiful Soho-area spot, and you’re going to need the rest of the Roksanda team’s London List. Not going to London anytime soon? Get your hands on the Nopi cookbook, pictured above. There’s every chance it’s going to be as popular (and bloggable, ‘Grammable, brag-able) as the mothership original.

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Street Style: Ella at Roksanda

Ella is always put together and adorably chic. I love that she knows what works for her and stays true to her feminine aesthetic. The button front skirt is having a major moment thanks to retro trends, and Ella’s denim version is pretty much perfect. A delicate blouse and ombré fur dress up the denim, while glitter tights add some playful sparkle.

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Feminine Blouses | Denim Skirts | Metallic Tights

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Rachel Zoe Tie-Neck Blouse | Topshop Snap-Front Denim Skirt | SPANX ‘Metallic Luxe’ Tights

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Street Style: Hedvig at Roksanda

I’m pretty sure Hedvig Opshaug is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met. She is insanely chic and effortlessly cool, and she seamlessly blends trends and genres to create looks that are 100% Hedvig. I love today’s casual feminine styling—her oversized jumper is upscale normcore, while her floral skirt is all lady. Thanks for the continued inspiration, lovely!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Oversized Sweaters | Open Toed Booties | Floral Skirts

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Ann Demeulemeester Cotton Sweater | Dolce Vita ‘Leka’ Bootie | Chelsea28 High Waist Floral Skirt