Utility men adrift at Christopher Raeburn

London: Christopher Raeburn mentioned survival, endurance and immersion as inspiration for his latest collection, which he named ‘Raft’. The designer offered a balanced and playful exploration of color, technique and fabrication. An actual life raft was re-appropriated to create paneled parkas and bomber jackets in bright yellow and orange tones. Latex rubber was cleverly used on inflatable puffer jackets and gilets. Hybrid hoodies – one of Raeburn’s signature pieces – were re-worked in heavy textured fleece, creating a compelling contrast with the lightweight merino jersey. The main motif throughout the lineup was sharks – they were used on sweatshirts, t-shirts, intarsia sweaters and jogging trousers. There were some more traditional menswear pieces too – tapered pants in raw denim and a classic black peacoat were extremely sharp and wearable. Once again, Raeburn survived the dangers of the open ocean. – Diego Sanchez

Theme: Utility men adrift

Key Items: Hybrid hoodie / Inflatable puffer jackets / Trucker / Classic peacoat / Rubber field jacket / Joggers / Denim combat trousers / Quilter outerwear / Quilted duffel coat / Shark intarsia knits / Gilets

Color: Bold red / Blue / Indigo / Yellow / Black / Orange

Materials + Trim: Latex rubber / Japanese denim / Fleece / Merino jersey / Wool / Nylon / Waxed cotton

Print + Pattern: Shark / Shark’s tooth / Arrow / Raft graphics

Accessories + Footwear: Shark scarves / Shark bag / Tote bag / Utility boots / Packaway holdall / Rucksacks

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