Rag & Bone Shows Surf Separates Backed By A Thom Yorke Soundtrack At New York Fashion Week

Rag & Bone Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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So we’ve seen sporty silhouettes and mixed motocross looks zooming around during New York Fashion Week, and now thanks to Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville we can add super cool, chilled out surfer girls to the mix! For their Spring 2012 collection, the masters of fine-tuned downtown basics infused their mix-n-match separates with heavy doses of mustard yellow, neon orange, and various shades of cyan from light sky to deep blue sea. What’s more, they sent it all down a light bulb lit runway to a soundtrack tailor-made especially for the show by Radiohead frontman THOM YORKE. You wouldn’t normally associate the two, but Yorke’s choice of ambient sound with driving beats (and sci-fi clicks, clacks, and a spooky voice) amplified the modernity of the collection making you feel like you were at a super sophisticated, 90s-inspired warehouse rave.

It’s pretty easy to decree Rag & Bone one of the coolest labels around. With an aesthetic that highlights wearability and impeccable tailoring, their pieces are the kind that pair with just about anything in your closet. What started out as a denim label a decade ago has become an emerging SENSATION thanks to a CFDA award and a coterie of famous fans from Kate Bosworth and Drew Barrymore to this season’s front row lovelies Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough, and Mary J. Blige. Since the brand started out with menswear, their women’s collection also tends to have a touch of masculine tailoring and suiting, which—besides being a big trend for fall—we love, love, LOVE.

Rag & Bone Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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In the spring collection, we’re GIGANTIC FANBALLS for the bits of fluorescent orange popping out all over the place as clutches, bikini tops, and on the edges of white skirts. Also, let’s just look at these shoes for a minute. Who knew lilac, orange, black, and white could look so modern and, dare we say, pretty together? Along with longer board shorts, Rag & Bone’s surfer girl seems to love hoodies and army green mullet dresses, too. We’re also DESPERATE for the thick-striped ponchos, sunglasses worn as necklaces, and printed blazers that can’t decide if they’re patchwork quilts, chic towels, or edgy office basics. That’s what’s so exciting about Rag & Bone, though; the pieces tell more than one story, especially when layered. Looks like our story for spring is going to involve some zinc oxide with our morning commute.

Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, and Julianne Hough at the Rag & Bone Spring 2012 Show at New York Fashion Week.
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