About the Collection
For Pre-Fall 2014, rag & bone looked to the 90s British music scene while taking inspiration from photographer and artists Nigel Shafran’s teenage precinct shoppers for the collection’s bold low tech sporting gear and athletic detailing. In contrast to the graphic nature of the athletic-inspired items, the collection has a softer side, shown in delicate slip dresses and lace details inspired by the pure utilitarian yet soft nature of clothing worn by settlers of the American prairie. The spin on the athletic influence can be seen in boyish sweatshirts, lightweight and loose fitting elasticated shorts, track jackets, sporty stripe detailing and the utilization of scuba-like fabrics and open mesh, the latter of which was created with a lace mill for a more feminine take on the ultra-sporty fabric. Body-con dresses are balanced with oversized dropped shoulder and slouched silhouettes, in both wovens and sweaters,
as well as classic tailoring, presented in the new pleated pant silhouettes. The collection also consists of unmistakably light and feminine pieces constructed in handmade battenburg lace, delicate slip dresses with embroidery detailing and drapey crinkle cotton dresses with lace trim accents and iridescent shine finishes. Inspired by a Georgian era French hand-painted wallpaper, the season’s key print, the coral print, blends elements of the traditional with a digitized graphic effect. Materials span from luxe, with soft lamb leathers, satins, and ultra-light silk, to experimental and textured with sweaters fashioned from a lightweight paper yarn, and a chintzed Japanese knit, which lends fabrics a flat shine. Limelight and powder blue add gentle hints of color to a collection consisting of an ultra-wearable palette of white, black and navy.