Kate Moss for Rag & Bone Spring Summer 2013

Kate Moss for Rag and Bone SS2013

Kate Moss Rag and Bone SS2013

Rag & Bone SS13


It’s not often I post campaign previews but for Kate Moss’s partnership with Rag & Bone I make an exception.  Their previous fall campaign also featured La Moss in a series of photographs taken by Craig McDean in North London, an editorial I particularly loved for its nod to the brand’s British roots (founders and designer duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are originally from the UK.)  Oh that my first photos for StyleOnTheCouch taken on my own street in north London looked so good hmm.

For spring summer 2013 Kate is seen wearing Rag & Bone’s immensely wearable designs against the backdrop of pretty Southrop, Gloucestershire, in the wonderfully sleepy Cotswolds.  It feels a fitting setting in which to emphasise the brand’s Brit heritage along with showing off the clean silhouettes and beautiful construction of the clothing in sharp contrast to the countryside – urban style in a rural setting.

From Rag & Bone’s website, the inspiration behind their SS 2013 collection:

“For spring summer 2013, Rag & Bone looked to the great outdoors, starting with the idea of the Dakar Rally before exploring military safari and bedouin culture.  ’I watched the Dakar Rally as a Kid, which is how we got into desert motor sport’ explains Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright.  ’We were interested in the contrast between modern elements – like block colours, leather and technical modern fabrics, juxtaposed with these floaty white and striped pieces inspired by bedouin dress.  Military is always a reference for us and the desert theme evolved into looking at what the British Army wore in North Africa’.

We wanted to do a hard soft contrast and also really explore silhouettes this season,’ Wainwright adds.  Proportions span from cropped and body fitting to oversized.  Volume is also introduced in exaggerated details in pockets and sleeves.  Rag & Bone’s philosophy of embracing utilitarian design and incorporating unexpected detailing is realised in dresses which can be unzipped to create to separate pieces.  Details include perforation, leather padding and deconstructed tailoring.

The color palette for SS 2013 is saturated, featuring bold blues and greens and spiced coral along with chinchilla.  Crisp white is also predominant running in multiple styles, from a trench coat and leather short to a quilted skirt and perforated smoking shirt.”

Interestingly I read that Southrop was where Kate married husband Jamie Hince last year. I also learned that Kate turned 39 this month – what a wonderful icon of British style she is turning out to be. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to locate the nearest park bench for my next outfit post.

Photos: Style.Com and ELLE Magazine.

New York Fashion Week Series: 1. Rag & Bone

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.

Images: Vogue.