Rag & Bone Makes Sportswear for the Sport Averse
For their Fall/Winter ’16 show, Rag & Bone took a bunch of tropes that designers have been attempting for the past couple seasons—motocross, military, and athleisure—and triumphantly rendered them into a heavenly collection.
The clothes were at once radiant and relieving—in particular, to know that sportswear inspired collections can be done well without being too loud or over-the-top. It felt kind of personal too, if only because it offered lustrous, silky track pants that could feasibly be worn to the office.
Some pieces beautifully married slightly disparate styles—jackets fused shearling with nylon, lightly quilted bombers and some jeans came with unmistakable motocross details. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, the founders and head designers, admitted this; “motocross,” “military themes [they’ve] covered [in the past],” and “British military tailoring” were but some of the themes they mentioned. As a whole, the collection, at times, looked as if the duo couldn’t decide on one particular theme—so instead they melded all of their favorite aesthetics and styles together into a stunning, polished, and cohesive collection.
The motocross influences continued more conspicuously into leather jackets, leather pants, and long-sleeve shirts that would get even the most sport averse (re: me) onto the racetrack. But the most smoldering moment of all had to be the pearl necklaces—worn taut against the neck—that were paired with the moto pieces. Like John Stamos and Paula Abdul, or Stacey Dash and Fox News—the pairing was unlikely and a wee-bit disconcerting, but just worked.
Photography by Sonny Vandevelde.
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