Interviewing Roksanda Ilincic

by cecylia on May 18, 2012

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It’s not difficult for someone who loves colour, cut and clothes to fall hopelessly in love with Roksanda Ilincic. I first discovered her designs in British Vogue before she became a mainstay on Net-a-Porter. The UK fashion Bible reported that she used to moonlight as a model whilst launching her label and was the “One to Watch”. Mesmerized by the way she drapes, her bold use of hues and choice of superior fibres, think silk gazzar, organza, wool crepe that naturally have a life of their own. Serbian-born, London-based Roksanda Ilincic knows just how the fabric should adorn its wearer. If Madam Vionnet was alive, Roksanda Ilincic would be her protégé. It was an honour to be her sole stockist in Australia when I had the boutique and I was even more thrilled that she agreed to be interviewed for Cecylia.com

Images via Net-a-Porter

You are one of my favourite fashion designers. What did you want to do when you were growing up? What made you choose to study fashion design?

Thank you! I originally chose to study architecture in Serbia, which is where my love of structure and colour developed. Fashion has always been part of my life, so I followed my gut feeling to come to London and explore fashion design at Central Saint Martins, and the rest – so they say – is history.

Your pieces are always modern yet they are masterpieces of drapery. Who has influenced your designs in your career?

I draw inspiration from many things; it could be a work of art, an inspirational era or a woman I admire. For the AW12 collection I channelled the 40’s androgyny of Katherine Hepburn and Amelia Earhart.

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How do you arrive at each of your collections? Take us on a glimpse of your design journey…

There’s a lot of research and development in the first stages, including trips to the library, constant sketching and draping. We then source the fabrics from mills from all across the world, including Italy, France and England. Once the fabrics and final designs have been chosen, the samples are made. I still love the moment when I get to see each piece come to life.

Yes perfection is a key ingredient in your designs. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend time with my family and friends and generally try to relax. I like to visit galleries and exhibitions that are taking place and travel whenever I can. With a growing business and a baby, my spare time seems to get filled pretty quickly.

 

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You have dressed countless A-list celebrities from Amber Heard to Zoe Saldana. Who is the Roksanda Ilincic woman? 

Confident, sophisticated and effortlessly chic. The look has a clear focus on colour, cut, beautiful fabrics and detailed finishings. I design with the intention to make a woman beautiful and add a touch of relaxed confidence.

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What do you think of Roksanda’s designs?

Thank you for gracing us with your virtual presence. Whenever I wear Roksanda Ilincic to events, that day becomes a highlight in my life, you may recall me in pink, dove and neon pieces at these various events. Speaking of interviews,  just before I headed up to fashion week, I was interviewed by Australian Review Fashion Blog about my juggles of being a blogger and my other life as a vet, a stylist and a TV extra (no, not the same one as the Age:). Theodore makes an appearance, so it’s definitely worth 5 minutes of your weekend. The full interview is available for your viewing pleasure here. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, do drop me a note about how you juggle a million things on your plate!

{ 32 comments }

Heel in Mint May 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

Her designs are amazing. Love the colors, simplicity and the draping details. So cool that she agreed to be interviewed by you. :)

xx
Heel in Mint

cecylia May 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Yes they are simple but have maximum impact!

Mica May 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I love the designs – the cuts and colours are amazing :)

Really like both interviews – the one you gave and the one you were interviewed for :)

AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

cecylia May 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Thank you Mica you’re so sweet. Yes Roksanda knows her cuts!

Not Just A Pretty Dress May 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Roksanda is both a talented designer and a woman of great style (I absolutely loved her outfit at the opening of the V&A’s new ballgown exhibition!). Thank you so much for this interesting interview! Cecylia, have a great w-e!

cecylia May 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

you too! Exactly, she used to be a model and yes has incredible style herself hence why I adore her!

LUAR May 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Beautiful interview! Her designs are so beautiful.

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x

Marina May 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Nice post! Like it!

antonella c'est moi May 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Wow…so amazing!!!

Marika May 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Interesting interview , I really like your blog , so elegant and chic !
Kisses

cecylia May 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

cheers, thank you!

Sootjeelina May 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Beautiful dresses, and a really nice interview!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Elena May 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Great interview!! I love the colors and design!!
xo

Girl In Oslo May 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Coming to you from Norway:)
Have a great weekend

Elin Kling May 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Great interview!!! <3

Maple Trueheart May 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thank you for your sweet comment. I browsed through your blog a little bit. Your doggie is so cute, I can understand that you love it so much. You’re looking so beautiful. Like your dresses, especially the pink ones, they look so wonderful on you. Best wishes from Germany!

cecylia May 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

thank you so much! Which pink dress?

Outside Looking In May 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Great interview! I’ve seen her pieces on NetaPorter but didn’t know her. Beautiful designs! Thanks for your comment on my blog. Would you like to follow each other?

Sam May 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Its so great that you got to interview such an amazing designer, I love her work, very chic and a fantastic design aesthetic…love the use of bright colours

cecylia May 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

yes her bright colours are so bold it is so eye catching

Anne-Claire May 20, 2012 at 3:29 am

Great post!!

Take care :)

Kate May 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

very nice post, coool! http://katefashionstyle.blogspot.com/

A's Fashion Files May 20, 2012 at 5:20 am

I like all of these designs- they are chic, yet wearable!
And thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog! Would you like to follow each other?

:)
Allison
afashionfiles.blogspot.com

Lemiza May 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

Wow amazing dresses and really great interview! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! Would you like to follow each other? xx

Tiffany May 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

Wow, those dresses look amazing! I love all the bright colours :)
Thanks for dropping by my blog- Would you like to follow each other on GFC? :)

tiffiemonster
http://tiffiemonster.blogspot.ca/

Steph May 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Wow!

What lovely clothing, I really love the colours and the quirkiness of them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

xx

cecylia May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

ooh I didn’t realise that they are quirky!

SARA HEVIA May 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

HI CECYLIA!THANK’SC FOR YOUR VISIT TO MI BLOG!I REALLY LIKE YOURS ONE!!IS LOVELY AND i LIKE SO MUCH DE PAGE LIKE A DIARY OR NOTEBOOK!!YOU HAVE A NEW FOLLOWER1

cecylia May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

thank you Sara! It’s more like a magazine :D

bravoerunway May 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

What a great interview! Her designs are amazing and I would love to own just 1 piece from her!

cecylia May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

You should! Head to Net-a-Porter or the Outnet! :)

Tanja May 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

She’s an amazing designer! Cool interview :)

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