The ROKSANDA brand DNA lives through a profound understanding of the modern woman and her diverse lifestyle through: Clothes that inspire confidence, enabling women to feel strong and protected, while remaining feminine. Contemporary and wearable collections which are design led and innovative. A female perspective on creating innovative yet function designs that women want to wear. Craftsmanship of the highest standard luxury materials and unerring attention to detail. A unique approach to color and shape harnessed through a background in applied arts & architecture. Strong connection to the visual arts that inspire the brand’s foundations from cloth to image.
For the set of Autumn Winter 2020, ROKSANDA collaborated with British-Bangladeshi visual artist, Rana Begum. The art piece, entitled No. 976 Net, is created out of fishing nets, which Begum encountered on her residencies in Cornwall, Bataan, and Istanbul. Begum finds poetry in the geometries of the everyday experience, and here in The Durbar Court of The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the cast nets are both fluid and fixed with light passing through them. The sculptural form, unexpected color, and sharp modernity in this classical setting create a beautiful clash of opposites and echo ROKSANDA's collection where vibrant liquid silks, fluid velvet drapery and structured technical taffeta undulate and come to life.
Volume, fringe and knots went down the runway with movement being key. The collection is both deliberate and delicate, strong yet spontaneous. Handcrafted details are seen in a hand knotted technique, a play on craft and construction. This subtle feature draws attention to volume and form as the eye is drawn to braided cinched waists as well as the neck of a detachable cape, creating a beautiful decent in liquid velvet to the floor.
The hand knotted techniques are a repeated theme, seen throughout the clothing and accessories. We see it in the décolletage of an elongated mule, on the strap of the updated signature loafer, and the detail on a squared toe sandal. Designed in collaboration with Malone Souliers, butter soft nappa leather allows for changing silhouettes as a mid-heel boot is scrunched down to create a blouson eﬀect or worn high for a leaner shape.
The lines continue and are translated into long piped fringing -created to dance and wrap around the female form. In addition, silk fringe unexpectedly emerges from cuﬀs, waists and necklines creating beautiful texture and added layers.
Layers were also seen cascading down a voluminous gown in fluro-orange and iris silk twill organza. Another evening look, inspired by Lee Krasner’s monochrome phase, is constructed in technical cotton taffeta with hand painted brushstrokes over an abstracted black and white print collage. These dynamic gestures resonate with the period Krasner worked at night; rejecting color –and later rediscovering it.