Rag & Bone is many things. But if they were one thing, it would be a wearable, salable brand. Yesterday's show in a meatpacking district warehouse showed that they'd like to be more than that. While there were plenty of marketable pieces, there were also plenty of totally unmarketable ones. And that's okay, because designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville took some risks. And with the near-perfect collection they put out last season, they couldn't do anything but.
There were Rag & Bone staples--a pair of oatmeal drawstring football pants, a red and tan blazer that I'll be surely ordering--mixed in with some less-predictable items. A mushed up watercolor print, bike shorts with garters, and a few bandage harnesses. It all read as a modern interpretation of early '90s street culture.
Another favorite--the pale, sheer green used on several pieces at the end of the show. Overall, it was an interesting and ballsy--if not entirely successful--departure for the guys. Major R&B investor and Theory CEO Andrew Rosen was sitting across from me--and he looked pleased. So good on them.