Christopher Raeburn Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 London

Be it combat or cocktail hour, Christopher Raeburn’s got you covered. Having launched his eponymous label a mere five years ago, the Royal College of Art graduate brought his signature transformative magic in its most accomplished form yet: cue in parachute and military fabrics stitched into refined dresses and light jackets, while nude-coloured perforated mesh made elegant flowing trousers and shoulder-baring long sleeves.  

Raeburn’s genius is precisely in his ability to remake and render the utilitarian in a flattering, feminine manner. The palette similarly reflected this duality, moving from extreme sports-inspired aqua hues and sandy shades, to pink and blue camouflaged patterns artfully smudged into an impressionist tableaux. The sharp and consciously polished finish even on easy separates like hooded parkas, drawstring-waist bombers and shirt dresses, not only elevated the clothes’ wearable appeal but subtly evoked a purer essence of design, wherein the simplest elements were used to create the maximum effect. Indeed, this is hardly surprising for someone like Raeburn, whose background as a pattern cutter and creative director of Victorinox (the makers of the original Swiss army knife) visibly complement his innovative approach to womenswear. Considering as well the sustainable element of his garments, we’d gladly join his camp any day.

- Maria Dimitrova

 

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