Over the past two years, there's been noticeable expansion at Rag & Bone. Along with more stand-alone stores, an e-commerce site, and an increasingly prominent presence at major department stores, the name itself has gotten bigger. After Fall 2010's perfect wintry collection, inspired by hunting gear and alpine ski slopes, the design team of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright won the CFDA award for menswear. And just-launched last week, their new advertising campaign features models snapping themselves in Rag & Bone looks. It's plastered all over New York City.
Which brings us, one wordy paragraph later, to our point: With all this broadening, you'd expect the runway collection to maybe become less focused. After all, Rag & Bone is partially-owned by Andrew Rosen, the CEO of Theory and current king of contemporary retail. Neville and Wainwright need to design clothes that not only look good, but also sell well.
Yet instead of inching toward homogeny, the runway has become their platform for experimentation.
There were knit thigh-high legwarmers with a Y stitched up the middle, a great cream, red and green plaid featured on skirts, pants, and skirt-pant combos, a winter white asymmetrical kilt, and a series of looks in cobalt blue and orange that appeared more inspired by Superman than the ski slopes. While a grey tweed skirt suit--accented by the blue--was our favorite, the worm-like, bulky thigh-highs underneath will only look chic on the skinniest, strangest of fashion editors.
What will make it into the stores? Definitely that plaid, as well as the slew of cream looks at the beginning, featuring fur sleeves and a-line ice skating skirts. The skirt-slacks are best left on the runway. But we're glad they did them anyway, because nothing's more boring in fashion than sameness.
**Photos by Imaxtree.