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Rag & Bone: Very English, very cool

The Fashion Week blizzard was really picking up — somehow pelting fashion’s faithful with snow, rain and face-stinging hail all at once — as the Rag & Bone show began on Friday.  And maybe because of all that wet ruckus outside the runway seemed an oasis of quiet and cool. 

The R&B blokes — Brit-born Marcus Wainwright and David Neville — sometimes churn out collections that seem … clever, no question, but layered and … well, complicated. For fall, they seem to be feeling a more spare, refined vibe.  

You’ll find a healthy influence of English tailoring and menswear — with Prince of Wales houndstooth prints popping up on jackets, pants and dresses, sometimes drifting off diagonally or coloblocked in bright blue and orchid shades. A charcoal Memphis jacket paired nicely with a knit wrap mini skirt with unexpected zipper and bright blue haircalf loafers. And an oversize bomber and quilted crepe sweatshirt look swiped from a boyfriend’s closet.

The quilting was everywhere — on tops, pants, even vivid haircalf shoes. But even their most ladylike (and clearly Chanel-inspired) looks were grounded in R&B’s real-woman appeal.  A fringe-edged tweed jacket, for instance, was made of “rubberized tweed” for a modern, slouchy feel, and worn atop quilted leather pants. 

These gals aren’t your typical Upper East Side “ladies who lunch” types. They’re headed to work … at a very cool office.

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