CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN | SPRING / SUMMER 2012
A graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Art, English-born Raeburn was ready to kick-start London Fashion Week with his new collection. Raeburn credits his designs as innovative, functional and fun, his core audience being those that are looking for something different, sustainable and proudly remade in England. Citing his trademark item as the ‘Pop out Parka’, one or two were bound to pop up in his latest presentation.
The first thing that jumps out is Raeburn’s tremendous use of colour. Block coloured panels were used as a backdrop on the walls and floor as models were stationary; all outfits either similar shades or contrasting to the panel behind, making a garish statement. Raeburn takes a different approach to outerwear with his technique and original cut, providing a present-day alternative to what can only be described as a market filled with classic options.
Parkas were presented in numerous shapes and silhouettes, giving variety to the traditional coat. Sports jackets, blazers and ponchos were shown in a selection of bold rainbow shades; again giving diversity to what is available at the moment.
As well as colour, the main stand-out look in Raeburn’s show is the swirling map print covering a variety of pieces – and finally for the observant amongst you, take a step back from the pattern, you will see an image of a squirrel is cleverly hidden in the swirls.
- Rebecca Towler