DESIGNER LOOK: Christopher Raeburn

Last night, Brit fashion designer, Christopher Raeburn gave an intimate workshop at the pop-up Shinebright Studio in the Loading Bay of the Old Truman Brewery.  

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A/W14 Collection referencing the Arctic landscape and the first female polar explorers – sheepskin Siberian Officer coats, merino jumpers, jumper dresses and polar bears!

Raeburn offered an inspiring insight into his world of creativity, not trend-driven but relevant to today’s ever-changing landscape.  The evening itself was an ideal platform for his impending S/S15 offering due to close the first day of collections at London Fashion Week next Friday.

Of course, what makes this artist stand out as a main stayer, is his resourcefulness and ability to stay true to his ‘RE-MADE’ ethos in which he uses only sustainable militarian fabrics.  It is clear to see his definitive style from one collection to the next – desirability in being functional and fun in being prepared.

In the space of eight years, Raeburn has evolved from a part-time pattern cutter who first experimented with a used parachute in a free warehouse space in Luton above a J Cloth factory, to an emerging talent with 60 or more stockists worldwide and collaborations with fellow pioneers in outerwear including Moncler, Victorinox (of which he is Artistic Director) and more recently Barbour.

What remains a constant throughout Raeburn’s foray into fashion, from his humble beginnings to his now cult status, are his efforts to poke fun at the seriousness of it all.  With animal mascots as exclusive gifts he is still very much the boy from Kent.

Autumn Embrace

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The thought of trying on heavy blanket coats and thick shearling jackets during the Summer is always less than inspiring but with bouts of rain and a drop in temperature, I have finally embraced the idea of shopping for the new season and ultimately the inevitable Autumn chill.  Now I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the ripe pickings from the A/W14 collections.

Transitional pieces and clever layering to suit the changeable weather are a must and classic staples are key investments which will get their wear and warrant the price tag. From a fitted white shirt and knee high boots to a long lasting leather handbag suitable for both work and after hours.

My top finds cover all of these and also give a nod to some of the key autumn trends including grid and animal prints, dark florals, shirt dresses, metallics, wrap coats and backpacks.

Looking Swanky

Hilary Swank at 40

Hilary Swank turned 40 today and the ever cool American girl doesn’t look her years.  Looking back over her portrayals in some cult classics including Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry, of which she won Oscars for, it’s clear to see that she is as much an acting chameleon as she is a fashion one.

From sweats and plaids to shearling and wrap coats.  Sports luxe and bold power dressing to military aviator and western Americana, each of her films tick all the right boxes whether you are emulating current season trends or looking ahead to the Autumn.

FILMS: The Next Karate Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Dahlia, P.S. I Love You, Amelia, The Homesman

The Chanel Effect

The fashion ‘frowers’ were en masse for the Chanel Haute Couture A/W14 Collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

The Grand Palais saw a fantastical display of clean lines mixed with Chanel’s traditional wools and the occasional tartan thrown in for good measure.  

Embellished necklines were aplenty with cross body bags and clever use of layering – peekaboo shorts under a bell shaped skirt.

The 80s made an appearance through the punk inspired hairstyles which were a welcome balance to the more feminine style reminiscent of the 18th Century.

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Be ahead of the pack and ease some of the key concepts from the collection into your summer wardrobe thanks to Cos.

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69 cosstores.com/gb/

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69

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