British designer Christopher Raeburn explored concepts of survival and adventure throughout his SS18 offering at London Fashion Week Men’s on Sunday 11th June. The collection was inspired by a novel entitled The Long Walk by Polish author Slavomir Kawicz which recounts the journey of a Polish cavalry officer and his experience of arrest and torture. As a result, the collection combines performance-enhancing materials with repurposing equipment such as deconstructed kites in order to create anoraks, jersey and authentic macs. The majority of the garments created for SS18 promoted the use of inherently lightweight fabrics such as tulle and cotton, and emphasised the concept of re-working previous garments for new uses.
Examples of this included German wind ponchos being reworked and reused to create sun-protecting parkas and 1940s battle-dresses reused to design field jackets and anoraks. This season also saw a collaboration with utilitarian footwear brand Palladium, in order to accentuate the concept of adventure, in keeping with the prerequisite of functional and sustainable materials. SS18 also followed true Raeburn style by showcasing a new mascot in the form of a hopping desert rodent, known as a jerboa, which made its way onto various jersey and knitwear garments from the collection.
Further collaborations include minimalist watch brand Instrmnt and local denim maker Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, all ensuring the theme of sustainability and locally sourced material remains intact. The colour palette for Raeburn’s SS18 ranged from military khakis, and charcoal blacks to subtle greys with the exception of bright orange and red accents.