Christo­pher Rae­burn

WWD Digital Daily - - The Reviews - Natalie Theo­dosi

To mark 10 years in busi­ness, Christo­pher Rae­burn took a look back at the pieces that have de­fined his brand in the last decade and re­worked them with con­fi­dence.

His sporty, util­i­tar­ian aes­thetic was still there in roomy parkas fea­tur­ing large cargo pock­ets, patch­work track­suits, parachute cu­lottes and puf­fer jack­ets, of­ten ac­ces­sorized with gi­gan­tic snoods that re­in­forced the con­cept of cloth­ing as pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism, which has been at the core of the brand from the get- go.

Sim­ply put, Rae­burn is stick­ing to his guns and for good rea­son.

His no-fuss, prac­ti­cal ap­proach and com­mit­ment to re­spon­si­ble de­sign have been gain­ing a new rel­e­vance, as of late.

He wants to build on this mo­men­tum by push­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity agenda to a new level.

Along­side his brother Graeme, who re­cently joined the brand as its new per­for­mance di­rec­tor, he in­tro­duced a se­ries of in­no­va­tions and used recycling as a means to spark his cre­ativ­ity.

Among the high­lights was a see-through puf­fer jacket cre­ated with re­cy­cled ny­lon and fea­tur­ing filling made from shred­ded fab­ric off-cuts, which made for a happy riot of color and tex­ture.

Else­where luxe cash­mere hand-knit­ted sweaters fea­tured col­or­ful weav­ing, made us­ing scrap fab­rics, and cozy wool jack­ets were cre­ated from re­versible blan­kets.

Rae­burn also added more sleek, mono­chrome looks to the mix, as well as a range of play­ful, neon patch­work out­er­wear that re­sem­bled cy­cling vests and show­cased the de­signer’s skill at re­con­struct­ing gar­ments.

Christo­pher Rae­burn

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