Rag & Bone knows that if you ask just about any woman to remember the days when she dressed up in her mom’s or grandmother’s clothes, clopping around in those too-many-sizes-too-big pumps, then she’s bound to smile.
Now cut to Rag & Bone’s runway show Friday, held in a warehouse space by the Hudson River and check out the models, who look like they’ve just rooted around in some closet or communal attic…and have found all sorts of treasures. Some of which they pulled apart and pieced together in new ways (don’t tell Mom!). Tthen layered ‘em, one on top of the next.
Design duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville have dreamed up a super-charged collection that somehow feels both retro and futuro. Like the lilac wire print Gitta dress — sheer, with a vintage wallpapery floral print (retro) — worn over an orange Ibiza bikini so neon it shows through the dress (futuro). A crochet Jazmine pencil skirt (retro) anchors a whilte leather Sibella sweatshirt with hood and slashes in back (yeah…futuro). A Halo skirt looks trimmed with a band of bright-orange patent; and those Raza skirts are made from…sheets of translucent blue plastic? All worn with sturdy sandals that have a steel reinforcement rod running diagonally under the sole and into the high heel.
It’s like dress-up…but better. It’s for real.