Wednesday, 2 March 2011

LFW Diary AW11: Christopher Raeburn

A mainstay on the Esthetica exhibitor list British ethical designer Christopher Raeburn cleverly fuses innovation in fabric technology with garment re-appropriation and a passion for military heritage. Of the AW11 collection titled Blast Raeburn says; "So much of Blast has been inspired by our research into the original garments, their fabric technology and development. Each piece pays tribute to the objective of the original item - weather protection, camouflage, speed or warmth - and injects a new life and striking functionality through our complete redesign."
Divided into three capsule collections; Remade, Lightweight and British, Raeburn once again demonstrates why he is a pioneer of ethical fashion. Key pieces include trademark parachute hoodies and jackets, pop-out parkas and new pieces such as a faux-fur lined Inuit jacket made with Swedish wool from the 40’s.

Remade is the heart of Raeburn’s brand, expertly showcasing his technical attributes for reconstructing vintage military fabrics sourced throughout Europe. With an extremely limited 50 pieces available worldwide, the emphasis is on quality and luxury. Lightweight is a bold, playful capsule collection, which mainly consists of Raeburn’s exceedingly popular parachute range – updated for AW11 with the new Blast print. Lastly, British is an exciting new addition to the Raeburn brand, seeing the designer work solely with dead-stock from a new British-made fabric each season. Launching for AW11 with West Yorkshire’s Hainsworth Melton wool, British perfectly reflects Raeburn’s eponymous brand's holistic approach to design, highlighting his dedication to British provenance and production.

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