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London Fashion Week preview: Christopher Raeburn

The outerwear king says he’s widened his offer, but still expect a host of stellar coats and a plethora of new fabrics.

What are your inspirations for autumn 13?

The key inspirations for this season are the Maunsell sea forts, preparity, layering and protection.

We’ve really focused on creating functional fabrics with a feminine edge. This collection has developed massively from last spring; there are more dresses and a range of new outerwear styles, making the collection much broader.

What are the key items?

Of course we’re known for our parkas but this season we’ve really broadened the range with more duffles, quilted pieces and dresses. We’re also focusing on the expansion of our accessories collection.

And your key colours and fabrics?

Bronze, gradients of blue and mustard. Wool and felted lace which has been Tefloned to make it waterproof.

There are also hits of silver and pink; we’ve had a lot of fun this season. I’ve also been working with some great British mills to produce exclusive fabrics.

What’s it been like creating this collection?

We’ve been very thorough. I’m so proud of the team that’s now growing with the company - we’ve worked hard to improve the fit, fabric choices, quality and value of each of the pieces.

  • Saturday, February 16, 10.30am and 11.30am. BFC Portico Rooms

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