Christopher Raeburn AW18 - LFWM

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When someone says fashion can save lives, it's usually met by a room full of eye rolls, but Christopher Raeburn's collection this season was ready to do just that. Designed for the perfect storm, the models were dressed in an interesting juxtaposition of weatherproof utility wear and soft tailoring which could only be described as cosy. Technical materials were used to give shape and form to the bodies and offer a protective cocoon, from global warming perhaps? Luggage was labeled "Emergency Pack" or resembled flotation devices, showing us that the Raeburn camp were prepared for the up coming tumultuous times, and the shoes, a collaboration with Palladium, looked waterproof and would probably not go amiss on a rescue mission.

Amongst all of these thoughts on harsh weather conditions, the designer's signatures were still to be seen for the keen eye. Playful knit patterns were layered beneath the protective layers, offering an element of comfort and luxury. To the keen eye, the clawed structure of the gloves worn by some of the models, reminded us of Raeburn's mascot, the lizard which has been omnipresent across his previous collections. Deconstructing the looks, the Raeburn customer could definitely find in this collection their usual staples with a twist, made with impeccable precision and a flourish of creativity; and that's what they always expect from Raeburn.

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Words and photos by Iolo Lewis Edwards