Christopher Raeburn made a big statement about aviation this season right from the paperboard model plane invites we received. Inspired by the desert boneyards in Arizona, where thousands of military aircraft await re-appropriation, Raeburn captures this striking spectacle and reconstructs the original MIG fighter pilot flight suits into an array of garments and accessories in a collection entitled 'Meridian'.
Raeburn opened the show with a bomber jacket in leather, featuring thirteen playing cards, each with a different aircraft motif using specialist heat transfer techniques developed in partnership with Avery Dennison. Parachute fabrics were used extensively throughout the collection to produce stand out flight suits alongside crews, hoodies and t-shirts - a Raeburn take on summer staples.
The palette mainly consisted of classic military colours of muted olive, over-dyed black and grey, uplifted by bright white, flashes of orange and an unexpected floral print in high quality lightweight Japanese fabric, realised in a range of styles including a mid length mac, bomber jacket and gilet. In collaboration with The Woolmark Company, lightweight merino wool was also utilised to create suit jackets, shorts and trousers as well as casual vests and hoodies.
Accompanying the clothes, was a range of newly developed accessories which included a zip top tote, a multi-functional holdall and a backpack in British Millerain with contoured drawstrings that matched the final two looks: a creative reinterpretation of MIG fighter-pilot suits as otherworldly exoskeleton-like laced hoodies which highlighted Raeburn's craftsmanship and innovative edge.
Authentic as always, Raeburn successfully reinterpreted military wear into functional garments fitting for the summer wardrobe of customers who desire detail and sustainable intelligence.
Christopher Raeburn Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Looks:
Runway Photography: Courtesy of Exposure PR