Roni, how did you define your brand in the beginning and how do you feel about it now?
I feel what I do in my work is to explore similar subjects from a few different angles, and let it evolve. It is now more commercial in the sense that you can buy the clothes in a shop. There are more collections to link together and films that relate to one another so I feel it is evolving and expanding on a few different levels.
Your last collections seem to express a new mood — more London spirit, less Israeli roots. Do you feel that?
To me my work is not a representation of Israel or London, but it is personal. Both of those places play a part in my life. Their influences on me will always be present in varying ways and those levels are a reflection of both my inner and outer worlds.
I find that people will interpret something as a reflection of their own recollections and where they are in that point in time. This is interesting to me, that the themes in my work could connect to others through their own experiences. So I feel the connection of my work to others is perhaps more from a universal personal experience point of view, if that makes sense.
Can we talk more about the inspiration behind the Roni Ilan AW18 collection?
I developed pictures from my wedding to Will (William Richard Green), four years after it had happened — around 600 photos. I found those images really inspiring. Especially what came up of how I felt at the time. How I thought life would be, and this whole idea of weddings in general.
I’m always interested in connections and the personal and familial connections we make. And something in those photos, an English wedding (while I’m Israeli) at the Barbican Conservatory — a specific blend of a few cultures and eras into one.
There was a sense of a ‘past idea of the future’ that developed from looking at these photos, and made me look further for that same sense in other places.
What was the defining piece of this collection?
I feel the wadded extended jacket. It is a shape I’ve developed since my graduate collection, and a kind of take on the tailored jacket. I like to see how it evolves from season to season. You could wear it in a few different ways, the pattern is quite complicated but seems very simple. Also the bodysuits — love them and want to wear them all the time.