In the first of my Fashion Week series, where I’ll be talking about my favourite spring / summer 13 collections from amongst the recent runway presentations in New York, we have Rag & Bone. I’m usually wholly more interested in the menswear aesthetic at Rag & Bone – I like their crisp military inspired notion of tailoring, a brand signature. However SS13 has some strong looks for women – slouchy leather trousers, a coral parachute style dress and some stunning shirt dresses.
On Dazed Digital, designer Marcus Wainright talks about the themes and ideas behind the collection:
“[It was] The Paris Dakar Rally, a rally with race cars and trucks and bikes. The idea is a motorsport thing against the desert Bedouin tribesmen clashing. That’s where the hardness of the military and biker thing against the soft white and billowy Bedouin lightweight fabric thing came from. I think that’s a signature of our general inspiration for the brand when we’re designing collections; it’s all about the clash between hard and soft and uptown and downtown. That’s effectively the way girls dress in New York, the way our girl dresses. They’re not all done up and our girl is not necessarily all feminine either, but sometimes she is. I think that balance between the two is what we try to get out of the show.”
I can’t help but think of a modern-day Penelope Pitstop when I look at these images. I am a huge fan of the implied speed in the designs. A pair of their trousers with the racer stripes is high on my wish list.
Rag & Bone have me sold on the hoods and the visor style sunglasses (a collaboration with Oakley - Dazed also noted the Blade Runner connection). The only thing I’m not sure about is the amount of layering for the summer months. I’m personally used to dressing in simple, form-fitting styles for my own body shape I guess. I also liked the major injection of colour with the neon green and blues along with the use of interesting fabric textures. Very refreshing.