We were transported to the jungles of Borneo for the Christopher Raeburn SS16 show, with the intrepid female explorer discovering unknown territories his muse.
Christopher Raeburn is known – and widely praised – for his combination of sustainability and high fashion in his designs, reworking garments to create something new, fresh and completely original. Silhouettes, colours and fabrics were utilitarian, with khaki jackets, dresses and skirts seen with subtle river-esque prints and light blue tie details (this wrap detail was one of the standout style details of the show).
Feminine and masculine designs went hand-in-hand – typical of Raeburn – in sheer loose dresses worn under boxy, tied-at-the-waist waistcoats, and loose-fit trousers and long cut-out skirts worn with tunics. The use of reworked parachutes is also a signature approach for Christopher Raeburn. For SS16, parachutes in olive and sky blue were combined with mesh to create lightweight dresses and separates, while black and white airbrake parachutes became the label’s outerwear offering.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Christopher Raeburn collection without the requisite animal bag, and this season the orang-utan took centre stage. Other accessories included yellow printed bum bags worn at the base of the back and tied around the waist and Raeburn’s first footwear collection, created in collaboration with Clarks.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images via Vogue.