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Roksanda Collaborates With Barbour International On A Colourful

The SS23 show season was full of unexpected moments, from Bella Hadid being spray painted with a dress at Coperni and Kim Kardashian collaborating on a collection for Dolce & Gabbana, to Paris Hilton closing Versace in a sparkly pink chainmail dress. But while Fashion Week might be over, the surprises certainly aren't...

Case in point: this week's unexpected and especially exciting announcement that the much-loved Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilinčić has collaborated with Barbour International for the first time on a fabulously colour-filled collection of outerwear.

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'I always like my collaborations to be a little bit unexpected, that take me into a territory I wouldn't necessarily discover on my own path,' explains Roksanda, speaking exclusively with ELLE UK. 'Barbour is all about British heritage and an outdoors lifestyle – the complete opposite to the occasionwear that I am best known for. But I thought it would be a wonderful juxtaposition, an exciting project to work on and something fresh for our customers.'

And how right she was. The resulting 13-piece collection combines Roksanda's architectural silhouettes and signature, bold colour-blocking with Barbour International's practicality and technical know-how to striking effect. Think outerwear and layering pieces that are directional yet functional, incredibly versatile and immensely wearable, in glorious shades of olive green, burgundy, orange and chartreuse.

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'When you're designing luxury pieces, the function doesn't necessarily come first,' says Roksanda. 'But I'm always very aware of how comfortable a garment is on the body. My design DNA has always been about sheltering, protecting, making pieces that you feel you are flowing in rather than constricting you – so to work on something more utilitarian felt like an extension of that.'

But, of course, it couldn't be all function and no fantasy: see the fabulous Veenu jacket with its contrast collar and drawstrings, the Ida quilt's bright yellow shoulders, the Arna gilet's pretty coloured bow ties, and the quilted puffer trousers that are are fashion-forward as they are genuinely practical. Even the more classic black coats feature quirky design details and interchangeable elements that instantly elevate them to runway-worthy.

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Certain elements hark back to Barbour International's racing heritage too, but with a modern touch: 'I incorporated the brand's 45-degree angled pockets, that were originally designed for ease of access for when you're on a motorbike,' explains Roksanda. 'Biker jackets are having a real revival right now, but I made my own version that feels softer, more feminine and really of the moment.'

Designed with the 'travelling metropolitan citizen' in mind, prepare to see pieces from the collection in some unexpected places this coming season – from the city to deepest countryside, and everywhere in between. 'I'd love to see these designs being worn by many different people, of different ages, sizes and cultures,' says Roksanda. 'That would be the biggest reward of all.'

The first Barbour International X Roksanda collection will launch online and in-store on October 24, 2022.