Christopher Raeburn was all over London Fashion Week’s‘s HQ at Somerset House this year, with not one but three displays throughout the exhibition. Having admired Raeburn’s work since we first spotted his lightly crafted aesthetic back in 2008—remember his recycled hot-air-balloon garments for Worn Again?—Ecouterre was on the scene for an up-close-and-personal look at his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, which focused on utilitarian traits such as functionality and practical layering.
Besides the opportunity to present his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection at the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN showcase of emerging designers, Raeburn also secured a spot in the Council’s recently launched Eco Fashion Mentor Programme alongside fellow rising stars Ada Zanditon, Minna, and Nina Dolcetti.
Some of his jackets are made from deadstock parachutes that fail opacity or wind-resistance tests.
Raeburn sources his fabrics from decommissioned military stock, including British combat jackets and deadstock parachutes that fail to pass opacity or wind-resistance tests. His wearable yet luxe looks, which are at once ethereal and hardwearing, are inundated with shocks of high-voltage orange and pure white amid heavily textured greens, mustards, and creams.
Unsurprisingly, there are a number of collaborations on the horizon for the designer, including a capsule collection of hats and bags with his brother Graeme.
Raeburn is committed to his label’s philosophy of producing quality garments locally.
Raeburn is unfazed by the notion of moving away from the use of military textiles for which he has been lauded. Instead, he insists that his commitment to producing quality garments locally will remain key to his label’s philosophy.