Rag & Bone Autumn/Winter 2014
Military influence with a post-punk edge was on show at Rag & Bone’s recent autumn/winter 2014 preview. The new collection, revealed as part of New York Fashion Week, centred on offering versatile and utilitarian pieces.
The stripped back aesthetic was intentional according to an interview Marcus Wainwright gave to Esquire. The designer described how Rag & Bone wants to move away from taking a conceptual approach to its presentations.
The event, held at a gallery space in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood, showed a range of practical attire: shearling-lined coats, cable knit jumpers and wool beanies sat alongside Rag & Bone’s signature boots. Matte finished pebbled leather was contrasted with 1950s Americana and English working class influences.
The colour palette was muted, with lichen green emerging from a core of black, grey and white. Patterned knitwear, camouflage print and pinstripes added variety.
Designer David Neville, along with Wainwright, aimed to produce a clothing line that felt timeless: “The collection is inspired by iconic and traditional menswear that the guy on the street can wear effortlessly,” a statement from Wainwright read.
“It should be about attitude and personal style — not a polished, prescribed trend,” he added.
Now considered one of the top American menswear lines, Rag & Bone began in 2002 with a British heritage character.
The line, which has since gone onto win Swarovski and Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, now features menswear, womenswear, accessories and shoes in its six brick and mortar stores, including one in London’s Sloane Square.
Rag & Bone’s AW14 collection will arrive later in 2014, expected to be welcomed by the likes of MR PORTER and Selfridges.