If you follow along with Fashion Week on Instagram, then there’s no doubt that you’ve seen an editor or other industry type post a photo of a show’s finale walk with the caption “model army," capturing neatly lined up rows of girls stomping down the runway with military precision. Well, in the case of Rag & Bone’s utilitarian spring 2015 collection — filled with army green parkas, reimagined camouflage prints and cool, desert-friendly white separates in cotton and silk — that description felt much more appropriate.
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville settled into their new nighttime slot with a sexier show than we're used to from the duo (lots of short shorts, crop tops and vests worn open without shirts), but it stayed true to the sporty, urban attitude that Rag & Bone excels at each season. Lightweight outerwear took center stage in the form of blazers, parkas, trenches and long vests — many trailed by functional-looking drawstrings and straps — that were oversized and soft. Though many of the looks seemed to be military-inspired, an athletic appeal came through in sleeveless terry dresses that recalled warm-up sweats, a boxing robe and low-slung drawstring trousers, and all of the handbags were worn securely across the chest.
The lug-soled shoes and a beautiful series of bright white looks in cotton gave off desert vibes, and as the designers told Vogue pre-show, were partially inspired by the idea of a cult. To further add to this group mentality, the designers cast mostly new faces in the show (with the exception of Anna Ewers, who has walked every major runway this Fashion Week) so that single faces wouldn't stand out.
I don't know about you, but if the Rag & Bone army (or cult, for that matter) tried to recriut me, I'd join in a heartbeat.