Rag & Bone Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection

New York Fashion Week’s favorite British exports – Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone – are riding high on the sportswear trend that’s ringing true with the New York set. For spring, imagine Alexander Wang’s super crafty and street smart approach to sportswear, but with a serious infusion of color. The parkas, the ponchos, the windbreakers are all there, but unlike their young compatriot, it doesn’t necessarily carry that same sense of elevation, that feeling of luxury.

In keeping with their consistent layering run, the duo seemed to have an especially good time with the dizzying assortment of separates. The Rag & Bone girl, who has always loved looking sharp and young at the office in her wares, might opt for an adventurous orange sherbet tailored blazer, but might save pairing it with a cotton net mesh top for a Sunday brunch somewhere in the village. For all the dense, vivid colors, there’s an equal amount of see-through material that only the most adventurous it-girl will be able to pull off.

Despite the sheer sheerness of it all, there was still enough exciting play with modern fabrics – especially with those crocheted pieces and those sexually unctioned nylon/neoprene skirts – the transparency there carrying just the right amount of titillation. It was surely a separates driven endeavor, but that white tunic dress worn over track pants? Surefire winner. If nothing else, this was a first-class lesson in the art of styling. Oh and that special accessories touch, namely those clear Hunter S. Thompson glasses? – One please!

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that New York Fashion Week’s designers are quickly becoming the new artisans in the game (Thanks in large part to another essential duo – Proenza Schouler). Put New York in a room alongside London, Milan and Paris, or more specifically – New York by way of Rag & Bone – and it’s bound to be the coolest kid in around.