- Text Alice Simkins
- Photography Ben Parks
- 9th January 2017
Remade, reduced, recycled
Christopher Raeburn has been known to reuse and recycling military fabrics, and his FW17 collection was rooted in this strong reconstructive ethos.
Combining looks for both men and women, the show emphasised functionality, camouflage patterns and the kind of fluorescent highlights that have made a name for this London-based designer as a master of vivid colour. Backpacks in collaboration with Eastpak were offset by those that took the form of large chameleons (if there’s another thing Raeburn is known for it’s his fondness for accessory animalia). The collection was put together in Raeburn’s East London ‘Remade’ studio and went by the mantra “remade, reduced, recycled”, using repurposed materials like the label’s now iconic parachute fabric.
Building a sustainable army, Raeburn’s models were like chameleons themselves, now equipped for the demands of the city. In clothing made from recycled fabrics, the narrative of city life became blurred with that of pure survival. A strong collection that commented on modern consumerism, and the fast pace of urban living today.