Things that are normally built using Lego: pirate ships, castles, underwater lairs. Demi-couture dresses don't usually come into it. But Roksanda Ilincic's pieces are always imagined a little outside the box. When the designer saw her daughter creating colorful stacked models out of the plastic bricks, she decided to take a new approach to color-blocking.
The blush, red, and navy panels that define Roksanda's pre-Fall pieces follow the lines of her construction. Each color is a new panel of fabric, cut perfectly to hang in an elongating line down a column dress, or to add a ruffled kick to the back of a skirt. Roksanda has a unique knack for form, honed by studying architecture in Belgrade and then design under Louise Wilson at Central Saint Martins. Not many people understand that while a thigh-high split is the perfect way to begin a dress, sometimes an Olive Oyl collar is the best way to finish it!