Suzy Menkes at London Fashion Week

Fashion

ANYA HINDMARCH: ROAD PLAY

Anya Hindmarch drove her show into new territory: clothing. This maker of humorous handbags stretched her skills to other products, from knits to pyjamas and fur jackets.

They were all printed with road signs declaring everything from “Free Recovery” or “Give Way”, to the predictable “Stop” and “Go”.

Christopher Raeburn

“I think it’s the most remade we have ever done,” said Christopher Raeburn, referring to a puffer jacket with the original reflective panel from a life raft, which showed off his fashion recycling skills.

The designer called this show, with its naval leanings, “Immerse”, and he might equally have been referring to tailored peacoats created from Danish navel blankets.

Picture credit: Indigital

The more Raeburn focuses on remade fabrics, the better his collections seem to be. A new sophistication this season drew the collection visually away from salty spray and towards an urban, outdoor elegance.

On the more typical side of wind and surf, bubble effects created an outdoor decoration, while thick knit gloves shaped like sharks brought another sea breeze to the collection.

Picture credit: Indigital

The Christopher Raeburn story is one of imagination and perseverance, and increasingly, well-deserved success. An on-going collaboration with Woolmark and other established brands proves that you can both be good and do good in a fashion world that could use more thoughtful designers like Raeburn.

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