Rag & Bone Fall 2017 - Runway Review
February 16, 2017
In lieu of a traditional fashion show, Rag & Bone CEO Marcus Wainwright, on the occasion of his brand’s 15th anniversary, showcased the men’s and women’s designs via an exhibition of 70 photographs starring friends of the American fashion house. And to bring a three-dimensional feel to the presentation, the likes of Keri Russell, Amber Valletta and Rag & Bone employees wore the actual garments—pieces that emphasized fabrication over flash. “This was a collection made to be touched,” noted Wainwright.
A mix of Japanese and English influences wove their way into the collection, emphasized by the fabrics (think custom tweeds) as well as terry, denim and twill sourced from the Land of the Rising Sun. That translated into dressed-up baggy jeans, outerwear and tailoring that read as “sturdy” thanks to their heavy-duty shirting materials and hand-knit Norwegian fisherman’s sweaters that complemented camel leather skinnies.
Outerwear has long been a staple of the Rag & Bone brand—and the assortment of coats and jackets delivered strikingly well. The bombers were fantastic in their technical nylon composition that felt “new-vintage,” further echoing function over fashion. Everything from a camouflage print field jacket to a camel hair coat (inspired by his grandfather’s hunting jacket) to leather motorcycle jackets (a collaboration with Schott) were standouts cut in oversize silhouettes.