Christopher Raeburn’s Spring/Summer 2015 womenswear collection ‘Ascent’ explores the lightness and freedom of flight.
The collection is inspired - as was Raeburn’s Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection - by the myriad of colours, shapes, textures and tones found in the extraordinary fields of decommissioned aircraft that populate the Arizona desert.
Diaphanous fabrics, layering and easy feminine shapes define Ascent, whilst the integration of oversized silhouettes offers a new and unexpected interpretation of Raeburn classics.
This is the third season - the second spring/summer season - that Raeburn has been working with The Woolmark Company, which has enabled a deeper exploration by him of soft and lightweight Merino wool tailoring for summer.
This is reflected in his Ascent collection, which features Cool Wool in both casual sportswear inspired pieces and the newer more tailored styles, showcasing the diversity of these unique fabrics.
The hybrid hoodie and hybrid dress in Raeburn’s collection, which contrast Cool Wool with other key seasonal fabrics, mark the evolution of styles that are fast becoming Christopher Raeburn staples.
Alongside these established styles, 100 per cent Cool Wool trousers, shorts and skirts offer a sharper more tailored take on the Christopher Raeburn aesthetic, whilst 100 per cent Cool Wool vests add wearable and luxurious basics to the collection’s offering.
“I have been working across wool for three seasons, I am really proud of how the partnership has grown and how much we have learnt as a business, it has been really exciting and valuable,” Christopher Raeburn said.
“It was a challenge initially to see how I could fit Cool Wool into my SS14 range, but in fact the hybrid piece became one of my best sellers for the season. It has been extended from menswear to womenswear using the same techniques and developing it into a more feminine look, and again extending through the seasons to SS15 taking the learnings and adapting the innovation to offer commercially wearable and affordable pieces.
“The textures and techniques are important to me as a designer and these align perfectly to Cool Wool and its versatile properties.”
Cool Wool is made from Merino wool which is one of the most fine and adaptable amongst the natural fibres. Due to its natural qualities and benefits, including breathability and insulating capacity, Merino wool can be used across different seasons. It has the unique ability to keep you cool and fresh in the hottest climates as well as keep you warm in cold temperatures.