Design Catwalk
Oh boy! :Raun Larose

“Narcissus so himself forsook,
And died to kiss his shadow in the brook.”
William Shakespeare

Raun Larose met Narcissus for his Autumn Winter 2011 collection creating chic and luminous designs.
Raun decided to go into menswear design because at 24 he was not satisfied with what the menswear market had to offer to him. So he started designing clothes that he, himself would wear. His mother, being a seamstress used to design high-end designs and would take him to fabric stores and let him watch while she worked. This was a great influence on Raun as a designer.

He studied at the Art Institute of NYC where he majored in women’s wear designs but later realized that menswear was his calling. Raun was there for the launch of Z-SPOKE by Zac Posen line as he interned with the amazing designer before and during the Paris Menswear Week. He didn’t make his collection according to a single style of man but rather he gifted his collection to all men of various styles who understand well from good design, tailoring and quality fabrics. Boyish charms are a hit of the season for sure but Raun Larose has outdone the menswear designers this season, he went beyond the classic style we’re used to seeing in the catwalk.

For menswear there is always less room for art in fashion than women’s wear, which considerably gives out the gap in the market. Larose designed a witty collection that involves well-tailored suits tostripy pieces of the First Mate and Valli-esque use of semi precious sheep skins.The boys will be boys attitude of Raun Larose’s designs, combined with the exceptional tailoring, has him jump off the paper. However, I think what makes Raun Larose really different and peculiar than the rest of the menswear designers we see on Mens Fashion Weeks is that he has the element of styling.

Besides the shapes, the colours, even the tailoring lies beneath the amazing sense of style. The stripy pieces layered with black slim fit pants combined with a shorter version of an accountant jacket. Or an above the waist thin belt to have a leaner silhouette and liquefying the harsh volume of the jacket. I love Raun Larose because of this sense of style and edginess to a very well known, kind of dull market. He plays with the limits of menswear to the extent of staying between having no face to one face; one man and every men: Narcissus.

You might enjoy his behind the scenes film of the previous collection.

niente by nil

Kerem Ozan


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