News broke back in June that one half of Rag & Bone's founding duo, David Neville, was exiting his role as co-CEO of the company after 14 years in order to pursue other projects. His partner, Marcus Wainwright, would remain, acting as both the sole CEO and the head of the label's design and marketing departments. Wainwright's Rag & Bone debut as a solo act came down the runway on Monday evening, and while the brand has likely seen plenty of change internally over the last few months, the cool, streetwise showing felt comfortably familiar.
The women's and men's spring 2017 collections walked side by side, and longtime fans of the label likely recognized some "greatest hits" from seasons past. For instance, the best selling V-neck tennis sweater from spring 2014 is back, this time in a cherry red version; the red, white and navy stripes and bold color-blocking first seen in fall 2011 were a popular theme; silk slip dresses, like those from spring 2016 and fall 2015 were key pieces; and crisp white shirting with utilitarian strap detailing harkened back to spring 2015. (Ok, yes, I'll admit that I shop at Rag & Bone a lot.) The tailored trousers, schoolboy blazers, pinstriped shirtdresses and military-inspired outerwear (ranging from parkas to bombers to overcoats) that have become the brand's staples helped to fill out the collection, which was styled in layers to prove its versatility, season-wise.
Because no fashion show in 2016 would be complete without some street-wear influence, there were slouchy sweatsuits in grey and red, a bomber and leather varsity jacket with an "8-ball' motif and some very relaxed, straight-leg denim. As is usually the case with Rag & Bone, the whole offering was wearable, well-crafted and, perhaps most importantly these days, commercial. But hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?