Before I even start on the clothes I would like to thank Rag & Bone for providing all of us snow-covered editors and buyers with mulled wine, beer, and warm pretzels. That was awesome. Now, on to the clothes--because they were pretty awesome, too.
Designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright stayed true to their tailored menswear-inspired roots with their fall 2013 collection--but they put a mod spin on it.
The sportswear staples that have earned the brand such a loyal following were there: There were boxy jackets (this time done in a cool rubberized tweed), a particularly covetable oversized pea caot, and blazers with slim lapels. The prints were borrowed from men's suiting: Houndstooth was blown up on oversized sweaters with big funnel necks and a Prince of Wales pattern showed up on dress coats. Dresses and skirts were all mini and A-line and perhaps took some inspiration from flight attendant uniforms--a mini wrapped "flight skirt" made several appearances on the line sheets. Sleeveless mini dresses were layered over long sleeved tops had a decidedly mod feel to them.
But what I liked best about this show was the colors. It's harder to do a lot of color in the fall and winter when everyone's feeling more somber and tends to gravitate toward blacks and greys. There was a lot of grey, especially at the start of the show, but in crept flame orange, vibrant grapey purples, olive greens, chartreuse, and royal blue. The colors were rich and saturated and punched up the whole collection. And let's not forget about the shoes. My favorites were the quilted calf hair loafers (which also came in that vivid royal blue). A sturdy heel and a statement all at the same time. Can't beat that.