There is street style and there is streetwear – and both are very different, though they may at times intersect. Street style is a shot taken by any number of photographers that hover on the crowded boulevards of New York, London, Stockholm, Tokyo, Dubai, and beyond, choosing their subjects subjectively based on their attire, which could range from the craziest pattern clashing you’ve ever seen to a sleek and sophisticated suit. Streetwear’s origins are difficult to pinpoint, but it has come to be a mix of skater, hip-hop, surf, punk, and grunge style.
Once streetwear became a recognizable fashion category (thanks in large part to street-style photography), designers everywhere took up the banner, trying desperately to pre-empt what the youth of the world might want to wear next. Rag & Bone has never been desperate about its chase of streetwear. Instead, it has hewed to a borderline minimalist aesthetic that makes its savvy, youthful clothes appeal on both a commercial and a street level. While Fall/Winter 2016 is unabashedly engaged in street culture, Rag & Bone does an excellent job of re-imagining the aesthetic for a wider market.
Rag & Bone does an excellent job of re-imagining the street-culture aesthetic for a wider market.
The brand’s collection this season blends industrial-meets-punk style with elements from the motocross world. For Fall/Winter 2016, it pairs up plaid kilts with luxe shearling and quilted silk varsity jackets, oversized knitwear with track pants, enormous khaki-green parkas with cropped denim, and striped leather racing jackets with knot-front shirtdresses.
The outerwear selection is so fantastic that you almost forget to look at the rest of the outfit. For the forthcoming season, you can choose from monochrome diamond-print jackets with leather sleeves, shearling-trimmed army jackets, dayglo-orange quilted puffers, raffia-weave hoodies, and more. There is a clear menswear-inspired angle to the whole thing, but, in an industry that is finding less and less distinction between genders when it comes to fashion, the angle is inspired.