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Q: Aviation inspired your fall/winter 2013 collection. What do you find fascinating about it?
A: “Air travel used to be way more glamorous— there were waiters and lounges where you could smoke. It was like being in a sitting room. We wanted it to hearken back to the days of Jackie O and Chanel. The starting point was aviation and its uniforms, from vintage military to Pan Am air stewardesses to more modern flight vests.”
Fall/winter 2013 FASHION TREND REPORT
Q: How has the Rag & Bone woman evolved since you launched the line?
A: “She now has access to a raft of brands that offer the same level of quality and fashion. She has also become a lot more savvy. Before, you’d have to wait six months to buy whatever was on the runway, but fashion has become a lot quicker. People have changed the way they dress as a result.”
Q: How do you feel about that?
A: “It’s just the way it is—we have to constantly adapt to it and learn from it. Fashion is about having timeless pieces of clothing that you invest in and cherish and wear for a lifetime. I don’t know if the speed is actually exciting, though. I think there’s an immense amount of beauty in the old way of thinking about clothes and information, taking a bit more time to slow down, relax and enjoy fashion.”
Q: What are you excited about for fall?
A: “The handbag is the next evolution for us in the world of accessories. We launched the “Pilot” bag last fall, exclusively with Holts in Canada. It has good attitude and cool military references inspired by the bags that fighter pilots carried their helmets in. It’s very ladylike and laid-back, all at the same time.”