What? Christopher Raeburn Presentation ‘Freeze’ AW12
Where? The portico Rooms (Somerset House)
When? Saturday 18th February 2012 4:20pm
Who? Some amazing inflatable critters (see photo!)
After a mad dash from Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Freemasons’ Hall yesterday afternoon, in the pouring rain, and whilst tottering along in wildly inappropriate wedges (hey, if you can’t dress up in LFW when can you?) over to Somerset House, I arrived at the Christopher Raeburn Presentation looking somewhat bedraggled. But a last minute ticket opportunity was not going to be wasted, come rain or shine! And boy, am I glad I managed to get my sopping wet socks through the door to experience Raeburn’s AW12 presentation, appropriately entitled ‘Freeze’.
The presentation itself was a very slick and simple affair, with limited decoration except for the giant inflatable see-through critters taking residence in the corners of the room (my inner child was going insane). And all this worked wonders as it let the immaculate and detail-driven collection speak volumes for itself.
With Raeburn’s signature style never venturing far from a military feel, the AW12 line revealed a collection which married exceptional function and protection from the elements with sublime style. Gilets, duffel coats and bomber jackets took centre stage, in a variety of shades from navy blues and charcoal greys to surprising splashes of sunshine yellow and blancmange pink; somewhat of a change of pace for Raeburn compared to previous seasons – no wonder as he has dubbed ‘Freeze’ his most feminine collection to date.
Already a NEWGEN Women’s and British Fashion Award winner, and with a new accessories line launching for AW12 (again, no skimping on utility and functionality here) there cannot be anyway but up for Raeburn. Well, if you have Philip Green’s backing you can’t be going wrong.