Monday Muse: Little House on the Prairie Inspires Rag & Bone Spring 2014

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are known for their downtown cool (it earned them a spot on the cover of our Fall Fashion Glossi), so it was a surprise to learn that one inspiration for their spring 2014 collection was something as far from the streets of SoHo as you can get: the prairie. In addition to their usual sportif leanings and their masterful military outerwear, they drew from the ’90s and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s not-so-simple prairie life.

Little House on the Prairie ran for nine years starting in 1974 here in America, but we’re not quite sure when it ran in England, which is where Wainwright and Neville grew up. The show was marked by true prairie style with faded liberty-inspired florals, bonnets and high necklines in keeping with the wholesome mentality that was a mainstay in the new frontier. The show is still seen as a wholesome family staple and though few people know what real settlers wore when they worked the land, almost anyone can imagine it thanks to how pervasive Little House on the Prairie became. New York runways were embracing the ’90s this season, which could be why the sun-faded florals and empire-meets-babydoll silhouette might harken back to little Laura Ingalls’ signature style.

Rag & Bone spring 2014

Rag & Bone spring 2014

Rag & Bone spring 2014

Rag & Bone spring 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag & Bone’s entire collection wasn’t a throwback to the soft florals of the ’70s Prairie, but we (and a few other editors) noticed a shift from the brand’s usual urban look to a looser, more relaxed silhouette. The label’s knits were chunkier and more relaxed and a hint of prairie chic could be seen in a drop-waisted babydoll paired with a cross-body bag that would be perfect for carrying wildflowers and  schoolbooks. A few dresses were also buttoned up right to the neck, giving even the sheerest dresses a sweet, innocent look. Of course, the boys of Rag & Bone didn’t pair their looks with sun bonnets and point d’esprit collars. They grounded the looks with chunky shoes and platform sneaker-sandal hybrids and gave their girls must-have bags in lilacs, off-whites and beat-up browns. Even the most city-savvy guys need a break from the hustle and bustle, and if that means a few forays into the countryside for Rag & Bone, we’re tagging along for these soft feminine frocks and sweet, swingy dresses.

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