Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week SP08: Rag & Bone

I have to admit, I was concerned about this show – the first half looked like a rerun of a Banana Republic store, circa 1994: all khaki, all the time. It improved dramatically, I’m pleased to report, though the palette stayed completely neutral – nothing but black, white and tan, as far as the eye could see. This was one of the more wearable shows I’ve seen – lots of looks that I’d be more than happy to sport right off the runway. As for style trends, short hemlines are sticking around for spring – Rag & Bone showed several gorgeous dresses with very daring hemlines, which gets a little scary for spring since we can’t rely on tights to cover imperfections. But, the look is fabulous nonetheless. And I loved that many of their looks were accessorized with scarves, which just feels so right for spring, when everything is supposed to be light, effortless, and a little bit frilly. Also, they showed a nice hybrid of last year’s two shorts options (long or super-short cuffed) – I like the slightly longer 6-7″ hemline, and the slightly relaxed, cuffed fit is much more flattering for the rest of us than those super-skinny shorts from last year. Rag & Bone does seem to be clinging to the skinny pant, which I’m not thrilled about, but I’m keeping an open mind. Last but not least, if you’re going to invest in one of those lean motorcycle jackets for fall, make sure it’s lightweight, as it looks like you might be able to wear it through the spring too!


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