Rag & Bone Ready-To-Wear Resort 2020

It’s a strange time to be British in America right now, political tumult racking both of your homes. Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright, an Englishman who’s lived stateside for nearly 20 years, designed the Resort 2020 collection with a “keep our heads down and carry on” mentality. And yet the resulting collection of proper tweeds and slouchy knits reads as a tribute to the best of both countries. That is, in essence, what Rag & Bone has always been about—Anglomania-meets-Americana—but against 2019’s truly bizarre political backdrop, it reads especially poignantly this season.

In his showroom in the Meatpacking District, Wainwright was especially proud to discuss the British craftsmanship built into this collection. Blazers were made by Linton Tweeds, an over-100-year-old manufacturer that produced tweeds for Coco Chanel. Rag & Bone’s come with a flicker of black Lurex—call it a New Yorker sparkle. Elsewhere, Abraham Moon, another legendary English mill most famous for clothing James Bond on screen, provided fabrics for a sleek women’s tuxedo. To counter all this tradition, Wainwright continued to riff on his workwear and military obsessions, with ripstop nylon boilersuits and cargo pants, and an injection of neon green silk slips. Zebra print, an evolution of last season’s leopard spots, appeared on dresses, knitwear, shoes, and skirts. A jersey dress in coral and sky blue zebra stripes is just the escapist piece we could all use a little more of in our closets, you know, in times like these.