Field Notes: Rag & Bone F/W 2012

11/02/2012 § 2 Comments

Was very excited to attend the rag & bone F/W 2012 show last night!  In the hustle and bustle of the arrivals my eagle eye was pleased to spy Garance Dore, Susie Bubble, Hanneli, Grace Coddington, Amanda Brooks and (!!!) personal spirit animal Caroline Issa at Pier 57 before the show kicked off.  And kick off it did…

Jewel-toned, layered, richly textured and patterned with a gentlewoman cavalry aesthetic from London by way of India, I found this latest rag & bone collection much more to my own personal preference than the preceding F/W.  The footwear, outerwear and gloves inspired my material desires like you wouldn’t believe. Like this coat above.  So amazing.  Of special note were the leather accessories (a nod to body armor) and the gorgeous textiles.  Have you ever heard of — let alone seen! — a gradient herringbone?  Genius.  On the runway, set to music by Thom Yorke and House of Pain (the show finale was set to this), the models completely embodied the battle-ready feel of the collection, with their grimly set faces, determined marching, mussed hair and severe eyeliner.  Whatever kind of winter we might have in 2012, designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville have prepared the rag & bone woman to take it all in stride.

Sidenote: This post is about to be quite long, so I will place most of it after the jump — you’re going to have to humor me because there is way too much goodness to share.  I suppose if you don’t like frock coats, leather, fur or booties, you may want to skip along to the next post.

Glove lust.

Backstage after the show.

I also wanted to quickly mention the menswear, which I did not have the chance to see in person.  Drawing from the same well of inspiration as the womenswear collection, the rag & bone F/W 2012 man is markedly more genteel than previous collections.  An enjoyably Edwardian melange of pocket watches and waistcoats prevailed, with the usual indulgent attention to detail.  My eye was immediately drawn to the amazing outerwear with its exceptional tailoring and luxe materials (as my brain wondered if they might be available in smallish sizes for lady fans).  The rag & bone man is also ready for battle, but he shall do so elegantly. 

Power dressing of the best sort.

As on the women’s side, the fabrics were a stand-out element.

Aside from my own, images via Vogue, WWD.com, and Style.com

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