rag & bone plays its greatest hits for fall/winter 16
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright present a medley of mic-drops to the beat of a live drum performance.
Photography Jason Lloyd-Evans
Truffle popcorn and some type of vitamin-infused Juice Press water refreshed the crowd at Skylight Clarkson Square last night. An intoxicating drum beat orchestrated by Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker — of the band Atoms for Peace, but who have also performed with R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, and David Byrne — pulsated through the dark, industrial space. It grew louder and more frenzied as Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright turned up the intensity on their own greatest hits album.
There was no lofty inspiration behind the duo's most recent outing — Neville and Wainwright's customer doesn't need vague ideas to sell her on a pragmatic quilted parka. A fluorescent orange lining and generous white fur trim, however, might do the trick. Other outerwear homeruns took cues from motorcycle culture, with racing stripes ran across boxy white leather. Shearling was also used to very cool effect on a cream bomber with black leather piping, and again on a zip-up one worn by shaggy-haired showstopper Mica Arganaraz in the collection's opening look. Denim had a few mic-drop moments in the form of straight-leg jeans cuffed to halfway up the calf. All the better for showing off those chunky patent stomping boots.
Things were slicked with a topcoat of high-shine gloss as the show rose to a crescendo. A plaid varsity jacket with matching wool skirt looked like the uniform of the most badass student at a posh English boarding school. Arganaraz, again, in a luxe silk pajama shirt and sleek striped tracksuit pants was the most insouciantly glamorous interpretation of a Sunday morning bodega run.
Neville and Wainright's boys provided more than just background noise as they marched parallel to their female counterparts. Moto hoodies, track jackets, and Japanese selvedge denim were familiar but also exciting. With smash hits like these, who needed the Grammys?
Text Hannah Ongley
Images Jason Lloyd-Evans