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RAFT, the Autumn/Winter 2015 Christopher Rayburn’s collection draws inspiration from survival, endurance and immersion.  The concept emerged through an exploration of the lives of a group of men adrift on the open ocean, endeavoring to survive the cruel hardships and formidable conditions abroad a life raft.

Style and purpose remain at the forefront of this seasons’s offering but are carefully balanced with a playful exploration of fabrication, technique and color.

As always the REMADE category encapsulates the seasonal concept. An original life raft has re-appropiated to create a stand out limited edition collection of bright and graphic outwear and accessories.  The REMADE panel parka and bomber create a playful explosion of yellows and oranges, making use of the upper section of the raft, which is designed to attract attention at sea.

In contrast an all black rubber field jacket is crafted from the underside of the raft and features original graphics, which are replicated in various styles and fabrications across the collection.

Keeping with the life raft as inspiration, latex rubber is used to create unique inflatable outwear; a new puffer jacket and gilet in bold reds and blues inject entertaining and unusual silhouettes into the collection.

Continuing the partnership with The Woolmark Company, luxury Merino knitwear comes two seasonal designs, one featuring the highly topical mascot for AW15, a shark, and the other picking up the arrow graphic from the original life raft.

The hybrid hoodie, fast becoming a Raeburn classic, is re-imagined using a heavy textured fleece creating a dynamic contrast with the lightweight Merino jersey.

A uniquely beautiful Japanese wool denim is a stand out fabric for the season, featured in a fleece lined jean jacket and distinctive combat pants, a completely new addition to the Raeburn legwear category.

Prints continue to play a pivotal role in the aesthetic.  The shark and the shark’s tooth are used as motifs for the season, masterfully integrated into digital prints and applied to seat shirts and joggers.  The shark tooth is also referenced in photo real woven patches applied to garments across the collection and marks the ongoing partnership with Avery Dennison RBIS to develop unique and innovative embellishment techniques and branding.

The lightweight and quilted outwear has evolved for AW15 to feature a new quilt design on the body with contrast sleeves in the classic Raeburn zig-zag pattern.  This season Christopher Raeburn also ventures into footwear, collaborating with premium footwear brand Purified to create an exclusive boot and shoe to complement the AW15 collection.

AW15  RAFT Collection

Images provided by Exposure Pr