Handcrafted knits, silk slips and pinstriped suiting were flanked by monstrous clay pots on the Rabens Saloner runway
Rabens Saloner knows how to set a stage. In addition to creating coveted, handcrafted tie-dye and knit garments, the brand also offers exceptional interior design items, sourced primarily from Bali, where founder Brigitte Rabens spends about half her year. For AW22, these two mediums meet, with monstrous clay pots piled high in the centre of the expansive industrial space in which the show was held.
“Rabens has always been synonymous with the art of craft and the process that comes with the varying disciplines, particularly in dye techniques,” says the designer. This season, dye came by way of delicate splatters on silk slip dresses, earth-toned striped overcoats and vibrant second-skin bodysuits.
Tailoring played a large part in the offering. A single-buttoned pinstriped, for instance, paired with a bra-top goes well beyond the boardroom. Outwear abounds – puffers, bombers – quilted and oversized revel in a no-nonsense practicality. On the other side of the spectrum, a show-stopping fuchsia frock that draped around the body came ready to party.
“We wanted to relook at these pieces and rethink them,” says Rabens. “As if we were discovering them for the first time.”
See the full collection below: