Maybe it was the sun or the uncharacteristically warm London day but spring was definitely in the air on the last day of London fashion week--despite the fact that we were seeing fall 2013 collections.
Right after we took in Simone Rocha's feminine, pink collection, we strolled over to The Savoy, where Roksanda Ilincic showed her fall 2013 collection in the hotel's ballroom. Ilincic had affixed carpets of varying size and shades of pinks to the space's already gorgeous, elaborately trimmed walls. It was a hint of what was to come.
The designer told WWD, "I wanted to have a breath of spring fresh air and break with tradition." Indeed, her first looks out--pale pink and pale grey ensembles, sometimes with a hint of neon green--were not your traditional fall offering. However, they were definitely ladylike and conservative in their own way. Perhaps we'll be seeing Britain's first lady, Samantha Cameron, who's a fan of Ilincic, in some of the designs soon.
What SamCam probably won't be wearing: the edgy PVC items, done up in pale pink, and the faux fur shawls in green and pink. Those garments, along with black frocks encrusted with crystals in a way that looked like someone had just broken glass all over them, added some welcome and unexpected elements to a solid collection.