Christopher Raeburn's AURORA: A tribute to the stoicism, strength and determination of the female explorer

Everything was seriously tightly crossed as the tenebrous lights went up on Christopher Raeburn's catwalk show at London Fashion Week past. I was hoping, dreaming, wishing...for my next winter season coat. I know what was in my head; it was going to have to be warm, and sleeveless would be a bonus because getting my arms in and out of coats after the motorbike accident has become a fighting obstacle. And, after all I had sat throughout Raeburn's men's collection in January and coveted every last bit down to the setting sun orange top!


I didn't hold my breath too long. The REMADE collection was the first out. It featured fantastic luxurious outerwear made out of deconstructed Siberian officers' deep winter coats. The above was OBVIOUSLY made for me!


Raeburn's AW14 mascot: the polar bear, was present not only on dresses and raglans but on his new knitwear range utilising 100% merino wool - the yummiest fabric, second only to cashmere in my mind.


Then came the orange, like an incarnation of the intensity of polar sunlight amidst his sky blue/grey digital print and his palette of muted grey, navy and green, evocative of the Artic landscape.


Another wondrous piece and new this season, is the use of premium synthetic fur on his outerwear and raglan sweaters. Of course his signature parkas, cropped tops and military trench coats were given a female twist with the utilisation of wool, leather and silk whilst not forgetting the British mills,  which he has always been committed too.

All photographs by Fred Yardley