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Christopher Raeburn for Barbour Unveiled


Raeburn revealed pieces from both his spring and fall collection, at an intimate launch at Fenwick, where the collection will be stocked.

Updating the classic Barbour aesthetic, renowned for its military colour palette and shapes, with a mix of outerwear options, shirt dresses and accessories complete with Raeburn’s signature spot print.

Described as ‘wearable and straightforward’, the British designer drafted his inspiration from growing up in the countryside ‘with a lot of rain’. Raeburn’s passion for using recycled pieces shone through while speaking on his latest collection, commented on his recent purchase of a 25-man life raft, which he plans on inflating to figure out and brainstorm how to work the materials into future designs and collections.

Although the type of clothing is the pieces you would wear to get dirty in, they are surprisingly feminine.  A light plaid and polka-dot embossed fabric decorates the shirts and overcoats of models, in a colour palette of mink, pale blue and pink.  Hints of masculine styling and tailoring shine through as the collection progressed into tartan, belted jackets with deep pockets, chunky knits and leather-look culottes.

Christopher Raeburn commented on the collaboration to Vogue, saying: “Working with Barbour and particularly on womenswear has been a real honour. It’s a brand with so much heritage that appealed to me due to its inherent function, but I’m proud of the fun, feminine collection that we’ve been able to achieve through the collaboration.”

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