Layers and tailoring were beautifully mixed during the Rag & Bone fall/winter 2015-2016 runway show on the New York Fashion Week’s list last night. They came out with a rather intriguing combination of lingerie that works as outerwear along with English tailoring, sports fashion and the whole New York Grit. This means that we can easily pair a slim-line black pair of trousers with a matching black negligee complete with lace trimmings, worn over a long sleeved white T-shirt. A navy military jacket thrown over the ensemble completed the strange look that has us pretty confused about the theme: are we looking at a new lingerie or outerwear line here? It appears that underwear has officially become a staple of outerwear with this Rag & Bone fashion line.
Rag & Bone is known for its crazy antics but seeing a range of slips teamed up with skinny trousers and thin knit tops was probably not high on the trends to be expected from the American designers. However, if there is one thing that they have managed to prove fully is the fact that brands do best when their collections poke and prod around in places that no one has ever deemed to find. Founded back in 2002, Nathan Bogle and Marcus Wainwright seemed to have a certain mission, one which developed over the years with Bogle’s leaving and David Neville joining the crew. All in all, they have gained popularity by winning over celebrities like Poppy Develingne, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr and Jessica hart.
This coming season, Rag & Bone brings to us a rather interesting combination that will surely inspire a whole new line-up of fashion trends. Utilizing their love for classic menswear tailoring, as well as combining the military and sporty designs with work-wear inspired clothes, we have some innovative new designs that are already making pretty large ripples in the streams. There is a hip-hop vibe that cannot be ignored as well as a certain ‘90s aura that cannot be shaken off. It’s a dive into the world of TLC and Salt-N-Pepa, which had Wainwright laughing about how funny it is that everything that looked pretty cheesy at one point comes back around and now appears to be perfectly awesome.
While the whole of the Rag & Bone fall/winter 2015-2016 collection began with that slip dress combination with the fitted ankle cropped trousers, the white tee and yellow-edged military jacket, we see the final piece of the 31-outfit strong line-up in all black, a bubbly wide lapel jacket over the same pants and a black mesh top peeking from underneath the zip. The pretty Mary Jane style shoes are probably the most feminine aspect of the whole outfit. The slip dresses and knee-length pencil skirts are as common a sighting as the trousers, while most are even worn over the pants that are almost as trim as leggings themselves. The whole ensemble is topped off with fitted coats and lapelled jackets, as well as puffed versions that were so common in the ‘90s. Polished and shining pieces catch the light despite their darker coloring, the shiny nylon and Lurex knits expertly cut to fit the body like a glove. We even see vinyl-coated melton wool that’s given a nice oversized collar for added flourish, with so many of the looks appearing to be very chic. They are definitely covetable pieces by Rag & Bone that look all the better in the mahogany and grey colorings.
It was nice to see a veering away from the ‘70s styles and a better focus on the decade that hits closer to home and was very much a part of so many a designer’s childhood. It’s all very vintage while still keeping to a pretty modern feel. We can’t wait to go Rag & Bone shopping!
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