Best team colours: Roksanda x Fila collaboration is a Wallpaper* design awards winner

Roksanda x Fila wins Best Team Colours at the 2023 Wallpaper* Design Awards for an unexpected encounter between the artistically minded designer and Italian heritage sportswear brand

Woman in colourful Roksanda x Fila poncho on black background running
Jacket, £1,295; leggings, £199; boots, price on request, all by Roksanda x Fila, taken from the February 2023 issue of Wallpaper*
(Image credit: Photography by Guy Bolongaro, fashion by Jason Hughes)

‘An encounter between two very different identities to create a new one, at once unexpected and authentic,’ described London-based label Roksanda of its collaboration with Fila, which was first shown as part of its A/W 2022 presentation at London Fashion Week last February. Backdropped by colourful geometric sculptures by Irish artist Eva Rothschild, the various collaborative pieces saw Roksanda Ilinčić – the label’s namesake founder and creative director – combine her distinctive eye for silhouette and cut with the archetypal logos and technical fabrics long synonymous with the sportswear brand. 

Roksanda x Fila: ‘unexpected and authentic’

Woman in Roksanda Fila poncho on runway

Roksanda x Fila, first shown as part of Roksanda’s A/W 2022 collection in London

(Image credit: Courtesy of Fila)

The result was a series of bold voluminous forms, from duvet-like jackets and asymmetric quilted ponchos which enveloped the body, to layered looks which appeared as if formed from deconstructed technical anoraks and jackets (Ilinčić previously noted she hopes her designs ‘provide a sense of shelter and refuge to their wearer’). A typically vivid palette – Ilinčić is also known for an expansive use of colour, which aligns with her longtime links with the contemporary art world – illuminated the pieces in fluorescent shades of pink and orange, reminiscent of vintage sportswear.

‘Growing up in Serbia, I cherish personal memories of how much we all loved Fila pieces coming from Italy,’ she said of the satisfyingly offbeat union at the time. ‘This collection allowed me to give a new point of view on such a beloved heritage: one that merges my shapes and colours with a sense of performance and the outdoors. The soft, enveloping message is perfectly timely.’

Model: Emily Viviane at Elite Models London. Casting: Svea Casting. Hair: Maarit Niemela at Bryant Artists using Charlotte Mensah. Make-up: Rebecca Davenport using Danessa Myricks. Manicure: Sasha Goddard at Saint Luke Artists using Dior Manicure Collection and Miss Dior hand cream. Photography assistant: Callum Su. Fashion assistant: Kris Bergfeldt.

The winners of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 are revealed in the February 2023 issue, available in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.

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