Roksanda Il­inčić

Ser­bian-bri­tish de­signer boast­ing a ros­ter of A-list fans

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I have the most in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries of go­ing to a restau­rant in Mon­tene­gro called Kolibe, near a town called Perast. The name means lit­tle house, and it’s def­i­nitely my favourite, not just for the food but the whole sur­round­ings. They make ev­ery­thing in a spe­cial dish made out of clay called sach, and ev­ery­thing is cooked in that, in ashes un­der the fire.

Since an early age I al­ways wanted to be a fash­ion de­signer. It’s true! It was a bal­le­rina at some point, but that didn’t last very long be­cause I was al­ways tall and so didn’t go far.

I’m ad­dicted to bread. Any kind of bread, but par­tic­u­larly the one made by my mum. It takes me back, I think it’s a very emo­tional type of ad­dic­tion, very com­fort­ing. The bread is called ki­flice, which is this kind of pas­try with cheese in­side and with sesame seeds on the top. It’s just some­thing that as kids we used to eat and even now when I go back to visit her I’ll ask, “mummy, can you make ki­flice?”

My go-to out­fit wouldn’t be a par­tic­u­lar thing, but it would be a dress. It’s in­ter­est­ing, I’m per­ceived as a dress de­signer and even though I have so many dif­fer­ent things go­ing on now, I still think the dress is some­thing that you can put on and don’t worry too much about styling. A dress is al­most the job done in one go.

My next hol­i­day will prob­a­bly be For­mentera [an island in the Span­ish Mediter­ranean] with my fam­ily. We have a par­tic­u­lar house that we rent, al­ways the same house, al­ways the same place. I kind of feel like it’s com­ing home, no mat­ter that we don’t have a home there. Ev­ery­thing is out­side, and it’s so lovely. Usu­ally, I have a whole bunch of friends that come at the same time, it’s like a lit­tle com­mune hap­pen­ing. It’s won­der­ful.

The beauty prod­uct I couldn’t live with­out is my MAC Lady Danger lip­stick.

My favourite ci­ties are Lon­don, Los An­ge­les and Hong Kong. They’re so dif­fer­ent. In Lon­don, if you live east, you never ever go west [as you have to] spend half a day go­ing there and back. You don’t have the lux­ury of time, whereas Hong Kong is small. In Los An­ge­les, it’s the life­style. They’re all ob­sessed with health­i­ness – the things that we are do­ing now, they were do­ing 10 years ago. All the juices and run­ning. The life­style is not so fast, and they have these art gal­leries, these fur­ni­ture fairs, these sec­ond-hand shops. I have a lot of friends there. Lon­don is amaz­ing, but it is tough; I call it a meat ma­chine. I love it, but you need to be on the top of your game on ev­ery­thing, all the time. LA and Hong Kong are a lit­tle bit more hu­man-friendly.

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