Rag&Bone has come a long way from being known as a cool, downtown brand who do covetable wardrobe staples. Over the last few seasons, they've successfully moved away from reworking must-have basics, making waves with their newly fashion-forward and inventive, but thoroughly accessible aesthetic.
Setting hearts a-flutter, cool-girl's in the audience including Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam and Erin Wasson, looked on excitedly at the wishlist-worthy bold and bright retro confections on show. For AW11, there was a lot to love! From vivid colour-blocking and zipper details to the 1970s-cum-1990s biker-rock goddesses sent down the catwalk, the collection felt pitch-perfect fresh.
The knit mini-dresses and motorcycle jackets paired with chunky over-the-knee and ankle-length boots, pushed a tough-chic aesthetic, while graphic tartans and cropped varsity jackets added a playfully collegiate edge to the mix. Textures were a major feature throughout; cosy and cute knee-high legwarmers, looped-fringe woolly cardigans and brilliant adaptations of a duffel coat with shearling hood were instant winter-warmer winners.
And it was a relief to see a winter collection that actually appeared to be designed for winter weather, the New York collections so far, featuring a lot of diaphanous chiffon, have been confusingly spring-like! Anyone else head over heels for Rag&Bone's mix and match aesthetic? We are! We don't know how a mix of so many different things looked so right, but it did. A big thumbs up to Marcus Wainwright and David Neville.