When Raf Simons sent his models down the runway recently in New York wearing raincoats, rain hats, umbrellas and gumboots, there was a menacing edge to the presentation. Who would have thought someone could re-work the utility and practicality of rainwear into something that appeared chic and sensual? Slippery outwear and waterproof accessories were presented in voluminous shapes, graphic colours and glossy textures - a provocative approach highlighted by the collection's inspiration of a dark and dizzying Bladerunner dystopia.
As spring deliveries trickle in this week, the need for quality waterproof rainwear continues, the desire for not only practical, but good-looking wet weather gear a year-round quest. From waterproof coats and hats to watertight (and stylish) drink bottles, keeping dry has never looked so good.
Macpac waterproof bucket hat $60.
Adidas by Stella McCartney waterproof jacket, about $185, from Matches.
Opening Ceremony waterproof tote bag about $45.
Quay aviator sunglasses, $70, from Amazon.
Spurr waterproof ankle boots, $50, from The Iconic.
Topshop waterproof coat $220.
Rains jacket, $215, from Black Box Boutique.
Blunt umbrella, $119, from Smith & Caughey's.
Izola 6oz flask with canvas cover, $79, from Good As Gold.
Moustache umbrella, about $89, from Nordstrom.
S'well 17oz titanium drink bottle, about $57, from Need Supply.
C&M coat $599.
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Vivienne Westwood umbrella about $710.
Hunter gumboots, about $220, from Nordstrom.
Topshop raincoat $100.
Raf Simons Menswear spring 2018.