Master of reconstructing and repurposing, Christopher Raeburn’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection reflected what we saw back in 2009 at the beginning of his career where he made it clear that sustainability is at the brand’s core.
An array of anoraks ranging from heavy parkas to light windbreakers, shirts, t-shirts and culottes were curated using air brake parachutes – a reference to his former days as an air cadet – and were renewed into modern silhouettes. Additionally, Raeburn’s AW19 collection boasts an assortment of patchwork dungarees and cargo trousers, reinforcing his dedication to producing zero waste in his production processes. The designer also presented parachute and clean-zipped over-shirts in nylon complemented by matching trousers. Moving away from previous seasons, we see a much broader range of organic cotton jersey tops, designed to encourage layering and display the label’s logo.
As the recently appointed Global Creative Director for Timberland, many of us had some sense of anticipation for what he might bring to the show. A pair of shoes with the silhouette of hiking boots but the characteristics of trainers caught people’s eyes almost instantaneously as we got our first insight into a collaborative piece by the two brands.
Christopher Raeburn has many reasons to celebrate his 10th anniversary show. Back in 2009, there were very few designers who regarded sustainability when creating a collection. Today, efforts are made to reduce waste internationally thanks to pioneers such as Raeburn who paved and continue to pave the way for future designers.