Rag & Bone has long been a reliable go-to for the mid-range spender who stocks her seasonal wardrobe with their urban-infused basics, but Fall/Winter 2015 saw designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright heading in a decidedly more streetwear direction. The styling of the presentation was wild: layers of puffy vinyl parkas, leather anoraks, slip dresses, basic tees, stovepipe trousers, glossy track pants, and hybridized skirts that fused the bottom half of slips with fitted pant legs were stacked and pitted against each other.
Since this new aesthetic introduced a foreign language to the UK-based brand, it took a little getting used to, but by the end we were on board with its eccentric and off-kilter looks. By adding slip dresses to an outerwear-driven equation, it softened the streetwear vibe a little, but it was an odd element to contend with given more distracting and desirable qualities, like shiny athletic toppers and fitted suits. The presentation’s finest moments, naturally, were derived from the outerwear selection – particularly an ivory quilted jacket topped with Japanese sode-esque shoulder protectors and an oxblood puffy parka finished with an enormous black vinyl collar. Yet Rag & Bone’s odd styling shouldn’t factor into the overall critique of the show, because those slip dresses are desirable enough on their own.
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