Rag & Bone Earn Their Stripes with Their Fall 2011 Arctic Ski-Inspired Collection

by Blog Burger on February 12, 2011

> > For the second Fall season in a row, the Rag & Bone boys have created a lot of want in the ten some-odd minutes it takes for their run of show. The futuristic bent that was introduced in their Spring 2011 collection stayed, but this time worked its way into a number of the Rag & Bone staples – cropped fitted jackets, kilts, knee socks, and cape coats. This was mashed together with a newfound fascination with texture: cow¬†hides, nubby knits, neoprenes, shearlings, wools, and fringes were all represented. As Marcus Wainwright noted backstage, “It started with Inuit people – the indigenous people of the Arctic circle – and on the other side of it, there was a French skiier called Jean-Claude Killy – so ’70s ski – and it just went from there.” As for the brilliant blue that was used so liberally in the second half of the show – where did that come from? “In looking at all of these pictures of the Arctic and the snow and the sky bounced against it,” Wainwright explained, “that unbelievable blue – Klein Blue – that kind of blue of the sky, was just amazing against the ivory and the grey of the beginning [of the show]. It’s a fun color.” The cool Rag & Bone girl was well-accounted-for as usual, both front row (Erin Wasson, Jessica Stam, and Alexa Chung), and on the catwalk (Bette Franke , making a runway return after taking a season off, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, Fei Fei Sun, Saskia de Brauw, and Britt Maren). Boots tended to be thigh-high and low-heeled. As for the clutches, which were strapped to the models’ hands by glove-like contraptions, leaving their fingers free – would those be put into production?

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Rag & Bone Earn Their Stripes with Their Fall 2011 Arctic Ski-Inspired Collection

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