January 10, 2012 New York
Legos. To find another instance where they influenced a fashion collection, you have to look back to Nicolas Ghesquière's super-popular Fall 2007 show. Back then it was Lego shoes. For pre-fall, London's Roksanda Ilincic used the toys' primary hues and geometric shapes as inspiration for graphic shifts and long column dresses. Bold color is an Ilincic trademark, and she went to town with it here, matching fire engine red with bright yellow and black. But she displayed a subtler side, too, most notably in the form of a lovely blush pink dress with navy sleeves and a fluttery bell hem. She subverted her other signature, dressed-up elegance, by occasionally using fine cottons instead of more formal wool crepe. Oversize parkas were a welcome addition for the same reason: They added a surprise sporty dimension to her repertoire.
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