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New York Fashion Week spring 2014: Rag & Bone review

September 07, 2013|By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

NEW YORK -- Marcus Wainwright and David Neville chartered new territory with their Rag & Bone collection for spring, which was shown on the runway Friday afternoon at New York Fashion Week.

The look: Clean sweep, cool and comfortable.

The inspiration: Japanese minimalism circa the 1990s, Wainwright said backstage. "Regimented pleating and folding, with some references to military and samurai clothing balanced with softness."

Key pieces: Light summer leather jackets and perforated leather carpenter pants; skirts and tapered pants with foldover waistbands worn with cropped apron tops and longer-length spring coats; black apron-top jumpsuit; white tux pants with shimmery iridescent side stripes; a sexy-as-hell deep-V neck knit top that looked like a riff on the tennis sweater; soft, crossbody bags; crocodile-embossed wedge sandals with rope details that looked comfortable enough to keep you on sure footing. Sorbet colors, black, white and navy and iridescent silver color palette.

The verdict: Smart, easy and so very wearable. Rag & Bone may have started as a denim and T-shirt line, but it has grown into a great American sportswear brand for the new millennium, and a resource for real world clothes.


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