British Fashion Council’s ‘London Collection: Men’s’ took place in the capital last weekend, with 48 designers showcasing their Spring/Summer collections. The central hub for the event was the private members club for the creative industries – The Hospital Club in Endell Street – where presentations, screenings and events took place over the three-day showcase from 13 to 15 June.
Dubbed London’s “debut Men’s Fashion Week”, the collection included work from well-known designers such as Margaret Howell, Jonathan Saunders and Richard James. But one particular designer, Christopher Raeburn, sparked the interest of Lawfully Chic as he closed the ‘London Collections: Men’s Show’ on Sunday the 15th.
Raeburn’s trademark is the utilisation of re-appropriated military fabrics, resulting in (mostly outerwear) clothing that is functional, crafted, and very, very clever. But, more than that, it’s also cool and quirky: wandering around knowing that the jacket you’re wearing is made of an old parachute… now that’s something to shout about.
Graduating from London’s Royal College of Art in 2006, Raeburn worked at London fashion houses before moving into his own East London studio. Inspired by the challenge of creating ethically aware men’s and women’s wear, Raeburn is focused on recycling and remaking from English materials, something he’s so good at that in 2008 he won the Ethical Fashion Forum’s Innovation Competition. Since then it’s been onwards and upwards, but his focus has remained on good, functional and waterproof design and the reuse of durable materials produced in England (where possible).
Christopher Raeburn men’s and women’s collections are stocked in UK stores including Harvey Nichols and Liberty and worldwide in stores including United Arrow, Isetan, 10 Corso Como and Ikram. See www.christopherraeburn.co.uk