Rag & Bone is one of those shows that everyone - insiders, celebrities, designers and models alike all look forward to. Not surprisingly, the backstage was a madhouse but within the mob we found Hanne Gaby Odiele quietly reading a book on an anthropologists work in a tribe. Not wanting to keep her away too long we quickly asked her what she’s most looking forward to after fashion week, upon which she quickly replied “My birthday!” on October 8th. Next we caught up with Karolina Kurkova looking iconic in a white Jonathan Saunders dress. This is Karolina’s first time walking for Rag & Bone and she couldn’t help but profess her excitement, particularly after being a part of their latest DIY ad campaign. “I’ve always loved Rag & Bone but I think this is one of their best collections yet. It really feels complete with all the surfer elements, the neons, and the netted dresses,” she told us. “I’ve really enjoyed working with them and loved doing the campaign. I was in Ischia for a film festival at the time and it was my idea to get together with Helena. I didn’t know her very well but I’ve always admired her photographs and knew that I wanted to work with her. All we had was a tiny camera, no light crew, no special effects, no make-up team, it was all natural and I’m really happy with how they turned out. But I’m excited to see the rest of the photos by the other girls!” Before we had a chance to respond, backstage staffers were shouting “First looks! First looks!” and we were rushed to the front of the house to take our seats.
The show consisted of an intricately mapped out runway where models took all sorts of turns before making their way to the end. Fei Fei Sun opened, breezing by us with an impossibly fast walk that set the speed for the rest of the show. She was soon followed by Arizona Muse, Ruby Aldridge, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Jac, Shu Pei Qin and Julia Stegner who we’re delighted to see back on the runway this season. Karmen Pedaru closed the show wearing a sheer grey knit sweater with a bright orange bandeau bikini that matched the neon highlights on her shoes and coat. After seeing the collection in all its entirety, we couldn’t agree with Karolina more. This is hands down one of the best collections by designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville and certainly set the tone for the rest of Fashion Week.