Sports luxe for the big time.

There has been a welcome shake up with the programming for Spring Summer 14 at London Fashion Week, with labels showing on different days and many designers swapping show space, for the most part upping their game.

For Christopher Raeburn the latter was true, as this season marked his first showing his womenswear on schedule on the BFC catwalk, having previously done so via a presentation.

For the label on a larger scale, American Express’s so called ‘Amex Insiders’ – who can usually be seen floating about Somerset House during LFW – were this year styled by Raeburn, swapping AW13’s Jonathan Saunders’ bright knits for a copper mac and dinosaur accomplice; they must have known the weather would be so ill fated.

On the catwalk, Raeburn first debuted his short film by Pablo Jones-Soler and Bradley Bell of White Lodge, before making a bang with a slick look of bright turquoise. It was this – and the look that followed – that alongside later mesh pieces in light brown, made perhaps the biggest mark, given they were so different from the waterproof aesthetic for which Raeburn is known. 

The sports vibe continued with elasticated jackets and airtex rucksacks, while our eyes transfixed on the 90s cool of the shoes worn throughout. A nod to the clompy style that has been present ever since Marques’ Almeida first dispatched their version, Raeburn’s donned prints to match those that covered the body, for the ultimate in matchy matchy.

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