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.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Hampden Clothing

Let’s take a moment to read the list of brands on Hampden Clothing‘s front window, Blog Reader.  Alexander Wang? Check.  Helmut Lang? Check.  Opening Ceremony? Check check.  Yigal Azrouel? Check.  Ah I believe Hampden Clothing is my idea of shopping heaven.  This lovely boutique on King Street, Charleston was a must-visit on my recent trip to the city.  Owner Stacy Smallwood showed me around the boutique, a mix of contemporary womenswear and accessories perfectly grouped for outfit inspiration.

My favourite part of the store was the wall of ‘Stylist Picks’ from Stacy and her team – a beautiful array of autumnal colours with a standout sleeveless leather dress from HANii Y. The team at Hampden Clothing make the place something special too, offering personalised service to their clients as well as running some incredibly fun and unique events in store.  Rag & Bone once held a fashion show at Hampden and tomorrow night (Thursday 9th August) Timo Weiland and the girls from Lizzie Fortunato are around for a meet and greet.

Above: The boutique space at Hampden Clothing.  Below: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels clutch.
Photos by the amazing William Williams.

I also came away from Hampden with a little something of my own, this gorgeous Lily Pad Pleated Skirt by by Timo Weiland. An absolute bargain at $85 in the sale, selected for me by Stacy.  I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have looked twice at this piece if she hadn’t suggested it, but a perfect fit for me it is:

If I lived in Charleston, I’d be in Hampden Clothing on a regular basis.  Actually, I just might move in.  Thankfully for those of us not in the area, we can also shop online as well as receive styling advice via the website.  Their summer sale is still on too – some fabulous bargains to be had.

Hampden Clothing can be found at 314 King Street, Charleston.