SHOW REPORT | 26/01/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
Showing an inept ability to be inspired by art and history, for autumn 2017, Christopher Raeburn looked to the American abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly and in particular his ghost army of inflatable tanks and trunks when creating his new collection. Both works seek to confuse and conceal in a playful and innovative way.
The sustainable and innovative is the DNA of the Christopher Raeburn brand and for autumn the core message of REMADE, REDUCED, RECYCLED was further emphasized by the use of deconstructed materials that included bomb disposal uniforms, blankets and camouflage jackets. Each piece was created in the East London located Remade studio. Highlights of the new season offering included a wool blanket bomber shell, an appliqued duffle and biker & bomber style jacket which had been cut and shut to form anorak and parka style coats. Pushing the remade concept even further, we also saw parachute material used with branding across joggers, crews, T-shirts and hoodies.
New for AW17, is the introduction of a new collaboration with Eastpak. The three-piece capsule collection of bags features remade camouflage and fluorescent detailing and are strictly limited to 100 pieces per style. Every season Raeburn introduces a new animal mascot. For autumn, in keeping with the theme of deception, the chameleon was introduced to complement the Eastpak bag collection.
The collaboration with Eastpak was not the only one that added to the show. Raeburn worked with local denim maker Blackhorse Lane Atelier on a line of new jeans that were individually numbered with REMADE pocket detailing, with Avery Dennison RBIS on high quality woven labeling and also with Clarks on a series of high top boots that heightened the utilitarian and military tone of the show.