The Christopher Ræburn SS12 collection marked a further step in the designer's evolution, presenting not only unique outerwear, but ready-to-wear pieces and bold new colour and pattern experimentation in an eye-catching group of garments that asserted the brand's vision. It was the year the Olympics came to east London, virtually next door to the CR studio, then in Hackney Wick.
While playing with different shades and colours, Christopher Ræburn stayed true to the original founding principles: REMADE in England and sustainability.
The REMADE technique has always been central to CR design. Marrying high quality craftwork and production process, all these limited edition REMADE pieces are deconstructed and then reconstructed from European military materials, fabrics and clothing.
In SS12, Swiss military macs were converted into Swiss Pac-Away Jackets and Swiss Bombers, limited to just 50 pieces worldwide.
The 'Lightweight' feature was kept throughout the entire collection; a wide range of garments being produced in parachute fabric, resulting in a line of light parkas and jackets that feature integrated bags for compact functionality, as well as smart draw cords to shape the waist and sleeve points.
Also British military fabrics and German Parka linings were involved in the season’s REMADE process, and high visibility vests could be found alongside the seasonal mascot, a reflective squirrel.
Bringing along his interest in the British industry and textiles, locally sourced fabrics, such as the Wax Cotton, were used for for jackets and kimonos. A fresh addition to SS12 was the use of 100% organic jersey cotton with t-shirts, hoodie dresses and jackets.