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Rag & Bone Brings the Brooklyn Spirit to Fashion Week

Sporty knits, slip dresses and sneakers — what more does a city girl need for spring?
A look from Rag & Bone's spring 2016 show. Photo: Rag & Bone

A look from Rag & Bone's spring 2016 show. Photo: Rag & Bone

It might be the ultimate New York Fashion Week power move to hold your runway show in Brooklyn — just the thought of traveling to an outer borough during the most over-scheduled week of the year has been known to elicit audible groans from busy editors, buyers and the like. But this fact didn't deter Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright (the latter of whom calls Cobble Hill home) from staging the label's spring 2016 show at St. Ann's Warehouse, a waterfront venue in Dumbo that's housed performances by Lou Reed and David Bowie in the past — and that boasts a pretty fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

To help get guests into the Brooklyn spirit, the brand organized a private water taxi ride to and from Manhattan (I was one of the few editors who took advantage of this, and it was quite pleasant), provided locally made snacks like Mast Brothers chocolate and mini popcorn from Dumbo-based company Pipcorn and called upon the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to provide haunting vocal accompaniment to the original show soundtrack created by Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame. Despite the trek across the water, the front row was filled to the brim with the brand's loyal supporters, including Hailey Baldwin, Kiernan Shipka and Anna Wintour. (If she can make it to Brooklyn in the middle of fashion week, what's your excuse?)

The collection itself wasn't exactly an ode to the borough, but it did offer up plenty of easy, streetwise looks that would be ideal for a weekend wandering around its many diverse neighborhoods. A perennial city girl favorite, the silk slip dress was a staple of the collection, as were sporty racerback tweed dresses (in acid yellow and poppy red) and crisscross crop tops — all of which were paired with flat sandals or high-top sneakers. There was also an abundance of cool, super-lightweight leather, which came in the form of skirts, cropped pants and cami dresses. As per usual, the outerwear was a standout, especially the silky bomber jackets, oversized parkas and smartly fitted twill coats that the label does so well.

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Other urban details were peppered throughout, like oversized hoop earrings, athletic mesh tops with leather bras peeking out from underneath and a series of intarsia knit dresses with cutouts so precariously placed that it seemed miraculous that none of the models had a wardrobe malfunction. (That said, those were among the coolest pieces I've seen thus far this week.) Whether you're a Brooklyn girl or your heart lies in Manhattan, we're thinking ladies on both sides of the bridge will find plenty to love for spring in this collection.