Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville utilize the 90s zeitgeist happening in fashion to tap into a particular moment for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
Those familiar with 90s teen rom-coms will remember with fondness the trope of transformation. Think Rachel Leigh Cook’s character Laney in She’s All That or Britney Murphy’s character Tai in Clueless before and after Dionne and Cher abduct her for a makeover. Wainwright and Neville dexterously navigate this moment in a young girl’s life as she transitions from scrappy neighborhood tomboy to confident, young swan in their fresh, sporty collection. The 90s influence is heavy, but approached with a modern twist. There are platform shoes, slip dresses, cropped tops, and overalls, but they’re lightweight and simple as opposed to clunky or messy. The result is a collection that’s effortless and athletic.
This was the first time the brand has focused on a bold lip for its runway presentation.
The duo used a smart combination of light layers to add a veil of modesty to the skimpy silk slip dresses and cropped tops, and added gravity to floaty fabrics by pairing them with denser looks like a reptile-leather wrap skirt and a series of sheer overlay flower-embroidered skirts. Track pants were transformed into low-slung foldover cropped trousers, which had a tomboyish appeal. Graphic slouchy tennis sweaters sporting deep Vs were a big crowd pleaser, seen in both black-and-white and robin’s egg blue. Peter Pan collars teased out a hint of prep in the presentation, even when paired unexpectedly with sheer toppers. If the languid ease of the collection attracted you, chalk it up to Kate Moss, who was the style icon for the beauty portion of the catwalk. Speaking of beauty, this was the first time the brand has focused on a bold lip for its runway presentation, which was inspired by the World Cup and crafted by Gucci Westman. The youthful tone of this collection will echo strongly with the rookie crowd.
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