Rag & Bone's Alpine Adventurer

Luigi Tadini

Rustic "woodsman wear" has officially made the transition from the wilds of the Adirondacks to the wilds of New York City, and has been Fall's most consistent trend story. Chunky knits, butter soft henleys, slouchy cable cardigans and even camo have been revamped and tailored to satisfy our industry's most discerning critics. Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright's latest creations take elements of classic turn-of-the-century mountain-wear and add a heavy dose of their trademark urban panache. For Fall 2010, a line-up of shearling tank vests, slouchy cotton twill and wool trousers tucked into thick socks, off the shoulder camel tweed bombers, checked macks, cropped puffers and shawl neck sweaters were all skillfully layered by expert stylist Vanessa Reid. Some looks consisted of 12 to 13 items! New and interesting proportions were a big statement with three-quarter-length plaid placket shirts that hit a few inches above the knee paired with cropped unstructured knitted wool jackets and an array of the oversized coats and chunky knits. Natural colors -- think deep burgundy, grey, charcoal and olive green -- and a re-paging of camouflage gear and you get a sense of the Rag & Bone gent for the season. Add a few borderline fetish-y elements, like the leather shoulder harnesses and thick-soled trooper boots, and you have the makings of what was the best men's collection of day-two in NY.


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