They call themselves just Raleigh now. And the Autumn Winter 2013 collection of Raleigh shown last Wednesday on the eve of New York Fashion Week reveals that the evolution of this Raleigh-based fashion label is more than just in name only.
The 18 looks for men and women reflected the labels increased focus on structure, from tailored trousers and jackets to skirts and dresses. But things never get too dressed up. Raleigh still carries a fresh, young, downtown vibe. And yes, denim still has a home at Raleigh.
But the highlights of this 21st century preppy collection are in pieces like a navy wool Eisenhower jacket paired with a pleated skirt in a denim-like rinse that was paired with a suede scuba top, and a felt scuba cut dress accented with suede pieces.
Plaid and microdot tailored shirts, windowpane blazers, motorcycle jackets in wool and felt, and leather-looking waxed canvas jackets added to the clever mix of old and new. Equally intriguing were savvy twists on comfort classics, like a pair of black ribbed knit sweatpants that were tailored like trousers and gathered at the ankle.
Also featured prominently was a tie-dye-like graphic that was used on a range of items, from a silk blouse to jeans.
Karyn D. Collins