08 September 2008

Rag & Bone: the Brits storm the States

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Deep in a raw industrial warehouse this weekend our fave Brit designers for the under-the-radar cool brand Rag & Bone - David Neville and Marcus Wainwright - delivered a tough, prickly and slick S/S ‘09 collection that despite the brand being a permanent fixture in NYC now (their first Rag & Bone store has just opened on Christopher St earlier this week) was inspired by their British roots. When Neville and Wainwright first watched British Joy Division biopic film ‘Control' they fell in love (who didn't?) and went about researching mod, ska and punk subcultures and English working class fashion throughout the 60s and 70s.The result? Checked tight buttoned up shirts, 7/8th stovepipe trousers (LOVE!), shrunken leather jackets and tailoring all complete with studded belts and bondage zips positioned against delicate jersey florals. The masculine looks interspersed with shorter than short mini skirts resulted in a truly wearable Mod look updated for the Noughties. Not only did top models Lily Donaldson and Jessica Stam rock the runway but Kelly Osbourne (a major Rag & Bone fan) was also there to show support her beau on the catwalk - Luke Worrall. So the name Rag & Bone might have been inspired by 19th Century junk dealers, but whether you opt for their famously well cut jeans or the now established ready-to-wear collection we guarantee it's anything but rubbish! Love it? Check out the pictures below and let us know.

- By Hannah Almassi


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