Taking utilitarian wear a step further, Christopher Raeburn's Spring/Summer 2015 collection is a testament to the marriage between style and sustainability. Practical clothing is made sexier through sheer paneling on shirt dresses, and entirely sheer oversized t-shirts and thigh-high shorts.
Inspired by aviation and the arid Arizona desert, Raeburn reworked the MIG fighter pilot flight suits into a collection of effortlessly elegant silhouettes entitled 'Ascent’, a continuing theme from his Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection.
A soft metallic palette blended with meteorological maps and weather patterns were injected with blue and pink swirls gliding across the garments. The print is applied to bomber and hooded jackets and the iconic trademark shape of the parka was refined by Raeburn into two jackets that can function together or separately through their innovative cut and technique.
Marble prints and intricate lacing were woven onto the fabric, adding an unexpected twist to light summer staples, blending a care-free attitude with practicality. Lightweight fabrics further enhance the summer vibe, creating stories through texture - painting images of days under the scorching sun. The erosion of the desert is portrayed through distressed garments, whilst cleverly placed sheer pieces cover and reveal the body at the designers discretion adding an alluring spin on utilitarian clothing.
Accompanying the clothes were Raeburn’s signature backpacks and lightweight packaway bags in seasonal colours featuring Avery Dennison RBIS patches. The desert tortoise - this season's mascot - embellishes clutches and purses in new shapes and sizes, completing the authentic Raeburn look. This collection revealed a sexier side to functional and accessible garments for the Christopher Raeburn girl.
Christopher Raeburn Spring/Summer 2015 Looks:
Runway Photography: Courtesy of Exposure PR