Back to Basics at Rag & Bone

Luigi Tadini

It was back to basics at Rag & Bone yesterday evening, which happens to be what designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville do best. The focused and uncomplicated military-school inspired show confirmed that the four-year-old fashion house is about beautiful, understated consumer-friendly clothes. The brand has seen much growth since its introduction to the market but the strong keystones of Rag & Bone –- authenticity, quality and craftsmanship -- have remained intact. The spring 2010 collection included a line p of layered looks in hues that ranged from indigo to olive with slight hints of pale blues and citrine. The strong British tailoring influence that has become synonymous with their menswear was also represented at last night’s show with the impeccable fits of a sateen hacking jacket and hand made tailored frock coats. A black Loro Piana wool Hendrix jacket added a touch of rock 'n' roll to the urban utilitarian mood. Cropped pants and a selection of voluminous drop-crotch jeans paired with desert boots highlighted the importance of comfort for this design duo. A range of henleys, tanks and charming pique pleated tux shirts were layered underneath waist coats and leather jackets giving a youthful and upbeat vibe to the extensive collection. Wainwright and Neville have said time and again that they make clothes that both themselves and their friends would love to wear everyday. Well, I believe after last night, their friends will be very happy.


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