NEW YORK-- The collection: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed their Rag & Bone collection in a warehouse space in Chelsea on Friday afternoon. It was hot and sticky inside, but outside, guests stayed cool by sipping on Peroni and Perrier water, or snacking on ice cream cones from the Mr. Softee truck parked on site.
There are several Rag & Bone boutiques on the East Coast and in London. The first L.A. store is set to open next month.
The inspiration: Men's shirting and utilitarian work wear.
The look: Urban Bedouin. Sporty and at times sweet. In mixed stripes or solids, the billowy shirt dress was the big news. It was the foundation for a cool, layered look -- worn with high-waisted shorts and an weightless nylon poncho for example, or with tapered pants and a cropped sweater. Pleated skirts trimmed in eyelet, and knit dresses with flared hems added a feminine sweetness. And the new shoe is a chunky-heel shoe-bootie with lacing over the heel. Colors included black, white and khaki with flashes of acid green and coral.
The scene: Famous photog Bruce Weber, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Christy Turlington were all front row.
The verdict: Fresh-looking and easy to wear with lots of covetable pieces.