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Christopher Raeburn AW14

Revived and remade utilitarian aesthetic revved up with colour injections and Russian print

Initial reaction:

Short and sweet. A tight collection that mirrored what we saw in menswear at LCM earlier this season. Polar themed, Raeburn’s muted utilitarian aesthetic was revved up with the occasional injection of vibrant orange.


The pre-show soundtrack mixed the sound of crunching snow with the ethereal Discovery-Channel style music you associate with Northern Lights footage.

The message:

Raeburn’s Remade ethos is once again central to this collection. For AW14, Siberian officers’ winter coats are redesigned to create sleeveless Polar bear like outerwear pieces.  

It’s all in the detail:

This season’s digital print featured a mix of 1930s Russian illustrations, including sculpted icescapes, Arctic birds and red finned carp. The print was best applied to a wool cape with (synthetically) fur-trimmed hood.

A first:

Knitwear is introduced for the first time with wool sweaters and jumper dresses sporting this season’s mascot, the polar bear.