New York Fashion Week: British hunting meets collegiate Americana

By Isaac Hindin Miller

Isaac Hindin Miller reports from the style metropolis on the latest in autumn menswear fashions.

Rag & Bone

Plucking the good bits from one's roots and combining them with the best of one's present is as good a place as any to find inspiration for a collection.

Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright started life in England but have long since called New York home. For autumn 2011, they played up their cultural duality, with an offering that merged classic British hunting with collegiate Americana.

It started just a tad bit late - Mad Men's Jon Hamm was in attendance which set many a flash aflutter - but finished quickly. The first procession was all England: a red tartan suit, quilted hunting shirts, plus fours and kilts; then the Americana kicked in, with baseball overshirts, leather jackets and shrunken lettermans in collegiate reds and yellows.

After the show, the designers cited the Duke of Windsor as a theme, the originator of many a menswear trend over the years (he's said to have been the genius behind trouser cuffs, when he folded up his pants so as not to get them muddy while out on a hunt).

No doubt the good Duke would have enjoyed the nod, and perhaps even those letterman jackets. After all, he always did have a thing for Americans.

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