Sustainability is central to Christopher Raeburn’s design ethos and for his AW18 show at London Fashion Week Men’s he took his inspiration from the “beauty and fragility” of our oceans (a very topical environmental concern) for a collection entitled “Immerse”.
Featuring many unisex pieces the collection’s name is also drawn from one of the most innovative materials (Raeburn specialises in the unexpected when it comes to materials) used in the line – protective neoprene immersion suits, which were reworked and cut into a women’s anorak and men’s overcoat with authentic detailing such as waterproof zips and emergency whistles.
Elsewhere RAF winchman coveralls were transformed into an anorak, coat and trouser. The pieces all offer water resistance, breathability and thermal comfort and come complete with woven reflective velcro patches developed by Avery Dennison RBIS (a long-term collaborator of Raeburn’s).
Warming to his theme Raeburn took an original RAF helicopter emergency pack and used it to create a unique bag system, complete with his signature REMADE branding, and designed in collaboration with artist and fellow Royal College of Art designer Nikeisha Nelson.
Further collaborations in the collection came in the form of boots designed in partnership with explorer footwear brand Palladium, which were cleverly rebranded PALLAEDIUM to reflect both sets of branding for AW18. And Raeburn also worked with cold water surf brand Finisterre on a range of directional and functional outerwear, knitwear, tees and exploration accessories.
In addition to the new innovations Raeburn updated some of his signature pieces such as the Hainsworth wool bomber, which came in a seasonal black and yellow. And he extended his partnership with local denim maker Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, working closely with them to produce a high quality organic denim jean and reversible over-shirt.
The collection was completed with luxury unisex merino knitwear along with core jersey pieces including crews and hoodies, t-shirts and joggers made from (of course) organic cotton.
Unisex, sustainable, durable, innovative and highly desirable, this is a collection fit for the most intrepid and discerning modern fashion consumer.