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Christopher Raeburn: Polar Inspiration

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By Chere Di Boscio

Christopher RaeburnΒ must have been feeling the cold, wet weather that has devastated England this winter: his FW14 collection featured snug beanies, faux-fur coats, and even polar bear motifs on dresses and jumpers.

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The master of utilitarian and pragmatic chic, Raeburn stated that his inspiration came not only from the chilly weather, but the men who braved the worst of it in their travels, as illustrated in the photos of polar exploring pioneers depicted in Ragnar Axelsson’s exhibitionΒ Last Days of The Arctic.

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What this inspiration translated into was cropped, wide-legged wool trousers, the designer’s hallmark bomber jackets and parkas, and of course, those polar bear motif knits, which we predict will become best sellers.

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Crease-free Merino wool was mainly used to create that unique Christopher Raeburn layering, shape and detailing. In line with the brand’s ethos of sustainability and functionality, the trans-seasonal wool is renewable and biodegradable. But this season, he has also added a new material: premium synthetic fur. Raeburn’s ethics means he would never use real fur in a collection, so to reference to the original animal skins that the Arctic explorers wore, he created a cruelty-free version of his own.

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We love the collection, not just because it’s eco-friendly, but due to the cool ’90s influences: the grungy beanies, the chunky boots and those polar bear motif knits are sure to be seen on fashionistas from the global capitals, all the way to the Polar extremes.



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