This week Rag & Bone showed their new menswear and womenswear collections at NYFW. The new Rag & Bone fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW collections are truly in harmony with the designers’ styles and their concept because they were literally ready-to-wear, right off the runway. You can perhaps say the show was a cumulative result of everything we’ve seen by this brand so far. Marcus Wainwright confirmed this, saying, “It’s all of the Rag & Bone influences that we’ve used over the years, now in one show.”
The designs are for the foggy rainy days, which is everyday in England (some British styles were a part of the inspiration). Most of the looks from the menswear collection would be a first choice for the chilly days, when you just don’t want to exit the blanket area, a collection everyone can relate to. “There’s a lot of esoteric fashion out there and it’s not what we stand for,” said Rag & Bone co-designer David Neville.
The concept was visible in details like the motto printed on two sweatshirts, reading “Rag & Bone Universal.” The promise was kept throughout the show. Even if you like to dress in a particular style, any of the displayed pieces could go to your wardrobe and be combined with your outfit.
Wool was one of the major fabrics used, present in suits and pants. Apart from the leather suits and buttoned-up shirts, you should also remember the muted bomber jackets and tapered jeans.
True, there was very little excitement in the show, which is probably why the collection didn’t receive the intense appraisals or discussions afterwards, but we feel the designs will speak to the loyal Rag & Bone buyer anyway.
Moving on, the same runway carried also the womenswear, as designers released both lines together. This collection, however, seemed to have far more diversity. We loved the elongated shirts over loose-fitting jeans, some patchwork on the coats, the single-button navy blazer, and the highlights of both male and women’s collections – the parkas.
The color palette for both collections was twirling around the khaki green shades, navy, and black. This choice did create nostalgia a few seasons back, when military styles were the inspiration on the runway. There were also some underlying and vibrant shades of yellow, orange and the hottest color at the moment, red.
One of the most shocking things we found out is that some of the pieces are already available for sale! While many designers plan their shippings in spring, and some of them even in summer, Rag & Bone’s bold move to put it out there while the fire is burning can be very smart or distrustful… the air is filled with fashion competition these days.
After this unique presentation of their real image and style, the designers were very happy with the outcome. David Neville even mentioned, “I think it’s a really strong brand moment for us.” Yes it is! And we hope to see more of those moments, but maybe… let’s make it a little stronger next time.
Photos courtesy of Vogue