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Rag & Bone S/S 2011

It’s not surprising that the Spring/Summer 2011 Rag & Bone show attracted Jessica Szohr, Jessica Stam, Linda Fargo, and Amanda Brooks to its front row. After all, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s brand is a favorite among celebrities, models, editors, and buyers. 

This season, the design duo amped up the sex appeal with popping saturated reds, garter-like details peeking through shorts, straps galore, midriff-baring tops, and plenty of underwear as outerwear.

Interestingly enough, the designers hired Jean Yu to create the harness bras for the show. This particular trend – perfected by fellow contemporary brand VPL – has already hit a peak, so I was surprised to see it appear throughout this season’s Rag & Bone show.

The bras seemed to have missed the mark, but the garter-like details did work in a casual pushing-the-envelope way, as was the case with the tangling garter-esque gray straps that were fashioned over nude fabric and under blue shorts.

A number of the looks appeared too over-styled and clashing in color, texture, and material to really work. Other pieces, like a long, sleeveless knit tunic worn over a sheer red dress, simply fell flat.

The designers were most successful when they stuck to their signature military cuts, simple silhouettes, and monochromatic cream looks. It just goes to show that sometimes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.