CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN AW13

The master of utility wear went back in time to WWII for inspiration for his autumn winter 13 show, which took him out of his street wear comfort zone and into the realm of the countryside.

The Parachute silks and lacquered lace of spring gave way to felted wool that wouldn’t look out of place on the hunt, and a beautiful wool degrade that shaded gradually from light into dark. Little nipped jackets atop pencil skirts, and belted macs were a prim new departure for the designer, but the trademark track silhouettes were still at large.

Raeburn’s wartime reference was from naval defenses based off the coast of England, where the vivid colours of the seascape are tempered with the harsh ugliness of the bases. So pretty flashes of cerulean blue and golden green were slashed across with bold strips of black, Raeburn’s signature go-faster stripes.

Our favourite piece was a bold blue wool jumpsuit, with graphic monochrome sleeves, and of course the animal accessories made an appearance – little water rat rucksacks and totes in vivid neon pink. Definitely the most covetable rats we’ve ever seen!

Don’t forget to keep checking back at our Insideout blog for more show reports from our NEWGEN talent and see last year’s review of Christopher Raeburn here.