Do you want to know why I love Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag and Bone? First, because they are nice, ordinary married guys with tots in tow. Not drama queens. Not sunglassed, gloved vampires. Second, because they’re not prone to such vitriol as that of Dior’s most famous former Musketeer, John Galliano (yes – you’ll remember him as the man who said, “I love Hitler.”) In fact, they are reputed to be on a friendly, first-name basis with all their employees, and have blessed us Yanks with their good taste and growing industry by coming across the Pond and establishing a home base in New York.
But also, I love Marcus and David and the simplistic, but edgy designs of Rag & Bone because their clothes are infinitely wearable. They make fashion make sense. They reflect the reality of our everyday lives – how we look (or aspire to) on the weekend, at the office, at a party. They cite American Ralph Lauren as a brilliant designer (an excellent choice, and one far different from those kooky avant-garde types so often hailing from England) – a designer who is also committed to beautiful, livable fashion.
In the January edition of Vogue, Neville said, “There has always been a solid realism, and a credibility, to what we do.” And with no formal fashion training (and roots in the burgeoning designer-denim craze of the early 2000’s where they were based in Kentucky), the pair has taken to creating things like chunky sweaters, bomber jackets and plaid skirts, interspersed with menswear tailoring, flowing tanks and crisp, pleated shorts. “Normal” clothes. Clothes that just about anyone can wear. Think J. Crew. But smarter. With a whole lotta fashion street cred.
There is of course, the occasional electric blue legging thrown in for flair. But let’s face it people, this is fashion. Not investment banking.
There are no gold tuxedos, no feather headdresses, no face paint or mirrored masks or rotating gyroscopes (I think you all know who I’m talking about).
(Some looks from the FW’11 collection).
It’s nice to know there are designers who take the reality of our lives into account when hitting the drafting board.
So to Marcus and David, I say, “Cheers.” Visit their e-commerce site here.