Rag & Bone Menswear Spring 2011
NEW YORK, September 10, 2010
Marcus Wainwright’s grandfather was stationed in Aden when he was in the military. That chapter of the designer’s family history was one inspiration for a Rag & Bone collection that mixed WWII desert rats, North African nomads, and the Wild West into a surprisingly convincing whole. It helped, of course, that traditional Berber stripes look so much like the kind of cotton ticking that we associate with railroad men, especially when cut into a utility jacket. And dusters work equally well in the Sahara or the Sierras. Rag & Bone’s denim roots were showing in an indigo suit, a pair of dungarees, a jumpsuit, and a patchworked jacket, the kind of sturdy workwear that made Wainwright and his design partner David Neville’s rep, but those pieces now sat alongside a jacket in red silk faille, or a long paisley shirt in the gauzy batiste cotton you’d find in a nightgown (they actually called this item a nightshirt), or a camel leather tank that looked like Celine for boys. That represents progress for the label—if Rag & Bone’s clothes always told a story, there are now some curious and seductive new twists to the tale.