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Rag & Bone Fall 2014: A retro fit

A model walks the runway at the Rag

A model walks the runway at the Rag & Bone Women's Collection show on Feb. 7, 2014, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Arun Nevader

The inspiration: The working class, which David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone have riffed on before. It was never more evident than in those '50s style bowling shirts — Georgia May Jagger wore one that read "Georgia May" on the back.

The vibe: Comfortable, relaxed, unpretentious. Without sacrificing style, of course. It's easy to see how you could kick back in their zippered sweat tops; these are made of satin crepe, for a sleeker look. The relaxed league shirts also came in surprising fabrics — satin-back crepe, or another cropped version in leather. And nipped blazers in smart Prince of Wales plaid or mourning stripes bore shredded lapels.

The lust-o-meter: Coogi fans will no doubt flip for the retro, swirly sweaters and knit dress. And there's a fun, bright orange sleeveless suede dress with diagonal seaming. Overall, the most popular motif will probably be those large buffalo checks, which looked great on a tail skirt, its hem trailing a little longer in back in that very modern way, in fun contrast to the traditional print itself. And, ohhh, when the lumberjack print pops up on a super-soft mohair sweater coat (paired with bright orange boots), you can easily imagine snuggling up inside.

Say what? That linebacker jacket with thick all-over wool fringe is clearly not for everyone. All we could think of: umm ... those shag carpets from the 1970s. Sorry, fellas.

Our take: Plenty of options for the downtown girl who likes her fashion traditional but amped up with unexpected fabrics or silhouettes.


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