The weather outside may have been frightful, but inside the rag & bone Fall 2013 show the freezing cold was the last thing on everyone’s mind. With Bob Marley tunes blasting over the loud speaker and warm pretzels and beer being served to guests— Poppy Delevingne and Drew Berrymore among them— on the way in, the the 34th street Post Office quickly turned into a haven for the shivering fashion masses. It wasn’t until the first model, Esther Heesch, hit the runway however, that things really started to heat up!
For Fall 2013, British design duo David Neville and Marcus Wainwright remained true to their background in proper English tailoring, presenting a full lineup of expertly crafted pieces that danced the fine line between feminine and androgynous, retro and modern. Inspired by flight and various aviation squads this season, the designers created a mix of layered looks ranging from mod-style shift dresses, mini skirts paired with oversize v-neck sweaters or bomber jackets and a few dozen incredible outwear pieces. As far as the color palate was concerned, pops of bright color— orange lapels against a “mineral green” jacket, cobalt blue rimmed collars and eggplant shoulders— kept the collection fresh and sporty, while houndstooth prints on menswear-inspired overcoats and blazers and graphic textures provided elevated balance to the collection.
Before taking our seats, we hung out backstage with Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman, who crafted an eye-catching, ’60s inspired beauty look on models Aymeline Valade, Julia Nobis, Liu Wen, Kel Markey, Nadja Bender, Caroline Bresch Nielson and Ava Smith among others. While the skin was left fresh and even toned, Gucci went bold and graphic with the eyes, creating a floating eyeliner effect as think black liner was applied in the crease above the eye. The hair meanwhile, underwent an extreme texture makeover before being styled into a very matte, perfectly unkept chignon at the nape of the neck.
And did we mention that Cara Delevingne was on hand for said occasion? Despite having to battle the troubling weather conditions on her way from the Jason Wu show, Cara was just as lively as ever backstage, catching up with model buddy Aymeline and sporting just a few of her signature facial expressions. But don’t worry on that British beauty to come!