Rag & Bone Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection

by Alexander Patino

After ten years in the business, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright continue to hold on to a wise and seemingly simple credo: Cool Believability. They strive to compose looks that cool street style girls will wear in real life. Layering is another Rag & Bone signature and their latest Spring effort felt just a tinge less contrived in that department thanks to a giving inspiration: the Paris Dakar rally. It’s a dream inspiration for a team that have never kept athleticism and American sportswear at bay. Their vision was more expansive than simple bike chic, as one would expect from that kind of starting point. They didn’t set out to make uniforms. The hi-tech fabrics, the athletic tailoring, it was beautifully ballasted by the softness of the desert itself, and the bedouins that naturally inhabit that landscape.

The clever contrasts the duo employs so often – the hi-tech materials, delicate tailoring, intricate craftsmanship, soft volumes – you could just as easily switch each of those tropes on their head and come out with an equally chic Rag & Bone combination. The constant: money in the bank. Their clothes sell and this latest Spring collection will make plenty of girls start savings accounts if they don’t already have one to their name. The duo segued from a palate of gray to white, Rag & Bone blue (refer to last Spring’s opening hooded poncho), electric green and finally coral. The best looks came in the middle, particularly those short corolla skirts with thick leather waist bands. The pièce de résistance came courtesy of the neon green family – a cracked leather moto jacket on Josephine Skriver is a piece everyone keeps talking about. And while those looking for streetwear fodder  next Spring will pick up those terrific perforated leather pants, many girls looking for a new stylish office blazer will gravitate to the cobalt jackets with racing stripe panels that trickle from the shoulder down the sleeve. Keeping this collection on the sales floor is going to be a tricky one.