Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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THE FEMININE IS FUNCTIONAL
London: Christopher Raeburn made a name for himself as a menswear designer by focusing on a philosophy of lightweight utility and this Spring he seamlessly translated the concept to the women’s market for the first time. A few touches of laminated lace, some slim quilting, paneled construction and voilà—a new collection full of gorgeously feminine functionality. Channeling the military staples he loves into S/S 13’s shrunken parka liner vests, waterproof lace anoraks and paratrooper backpacks, Raeburn embellished these pieces with abstractions of vintage fighter pilot emergency maps as well as a subtle camouflage. Delicately edged in grosgrain ribbon seaming, the presentation found a pitch-perfect expression of sporty modernity.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Relaxed & utilitarian / Slim / Fitted
Color: White / Black / Scarlet / Silvery grey / Cream
Key Items: Lace jackets / Crisp shirtdresses / Cycling shorts / Slim blazers / Semi-sheer tapered trousers / Seamed slim anoraks / Paneled blouson jackets / Quilted vests
Materials: Iridescent nylon / Coated waterproof lace / Parachute nylon / Silk jersey / Ripstop cotton
Print + Pattern: Burnouts / Abstract map-inspired prints
Details + Trim: Grosgrain ribbon / Articulated contrast collars / Quilting / Paneling / Hoods
Accessories + Footwear: Nylon wedge boots / Leather animal bags / Quilted nylon backpacks
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