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Rag & Bone channels its roots for NYFW

Rag & Bone channels its roots for NYFW

Rag & Bone’s latest collection revealed the “real foundations” of the brand’s ideal woman.

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are behind the label and for their new line, shown last night during New York Fashion Week, they wanted to combine sexiness with a tomboy edge. Slim and sleek silhouettes were joined by sports and military references, creating a killer combination.

“Those references are the real foundations of the Rag & Bone girl and how she dresses,” David told WWD backstage.

The catwalk was set up in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn where audience members were treated to a custom soundtrack by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as well as a live choral accompaniment from 12 members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

However the music didn’t detract from the fashion, with all eyes on the models who headed down the runway in silk bomber jackets worn over leather skirts, oversized cargo pants and all-white ensembles. Army pullovers, jumpsuits and oversize parkas gave a nod to the military trend, while some of the more feminine looks included knitted dresses in a tweed/cotton yarn. The garments were in vibrant yellows and oranges and featured asymmetric hemlines.

There was also a number of cotton bouclé ribbed dresses with contrasting shades on the front and back, falling loosely off the shoulder to reveal a camisole strap underneath for a sexy streetwear look.

High heels were banished from the catwalk, with everyone wearing some form of flat shoe, whether it was a pair of the brand’s new high top trainers with colourful laces or strappy sandals.

Also showing yesterday was Zac Posen, who revealed his focus at the moment was on daywear.

“I need a sense of ease, floaty-ness, softness and simplicity,” he told WWD, “but done with techniques such as cording, hinge-stitching, slits and then applying them to cottons and wool.”

Full skirts, sundresses and off the shoulder tops all featured prominently on his runway, with the colour scheme focusing on black, white and navy hues.

The bi-annual event continues today, with Vera Wang, Rodarte and Diesel Black Gold just some of the labels showing.

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