12 February 2011

NYFW A/W ‘11 Report: Rag & Bone

Currently high up on Grazia's wardrobe wishlist comes anything from Rag & Bone. You only have to look at line-up on the front row for the A/W '11 show; Jessica Stam, Alexa Chung, Erin Wasson to know the kind of crowd this label is dressing. And when you hear that Radiohead's Thom Yorke did the soundtrack, you know that designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are so hot right now.

And for A/W'11, Rag & Bone showed why they're the label to watch, by doing what they do best - wearable, hipster pieces; from Seventies ski knits in shouty-coloured abstract graphics, to luxurious sheepskin aviator jackets (yup - still good for another winter), and hippie fringed capes. The layered knits came in bursts of tangerine with electric "Yves Klein" blue (as Wainwright says 'it's a fun colour') a colourway that also showed up on pleated midi-length slip dresses, duffel coats and trousers. Next season Rag & Bone girls will also be wearing kilts, baseball jackets, punky trousers in anything from tweed to school-tie stripes, and a LOT of panelling detailing. Sometimes the crazy layering produced a mash up of prints that was a little overwhelming, and we predict the grey and burgundy baseball jacket will sell better than all those futuristic/Sixties padded pieces, but the individual pieces were strong, and the girls on the front row seemed to love it...

- Angela Buttolph


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