Rag & Bone Spring 2011 Preview & Interview with Senior Denim Designer Katrina Klein

by Kristen Philipkoski

Raga & Bone is one of those brands I covet. Their simple, casual is incredibly chic, and just so well put together.  I’ve been meaning out the denim for a while, so when they had their Spring Preview, it was a no-brainer to go and check it out. Immediately, I noticed the denim was clean and crisp, there was probably about two washes that had any kind of distressing, but most of the denim were very crisp. Clean denim is great because it’s so much more timeless than some of the more obvious distressed denim therefore you can get so much more wear for your investment. Rag & Bone has them plenty of options from white jeans, to a soft khaki twill and classic indigo.

Here I had an opportunity to interview Katrina Klein, the Senior Denim Designer for Rag & Bone about the spring collections:

Eat, Sleep, Denim: Tell us about the collection for spring.

Katrina Klein: I was all about comfort, and something easy to wear. Something clean and classic, so I focus on really light weight, comfort stretch denims that I knew would form-fit to the body really easy. I just kept the washes clean and simple as possible.

ESD: What are you loving the most in this collection?

KK: The bell-bottom at the moment, so I focused on that pretty heavily. I made a nice mid-rise level and a high-rise fashion bell bottom. The high-rise in Heritage Wash, it fits beautifully with a 9″rise and it comes up a bit higher in the back, so it’s really sophisticated looking.  It’s really pinched at the knee and comes out to a 22″ bell bottom. It’s one of my favorites. Another favorite of mine is the regular bell-bottom in the Midnight Wash, it’s a mid-rise style in this black wash. It’s actually indigo fabric that I coated with a wax finish and so as you wear it down the indigo keeps popping through so you make your own jean. We did [the wash]  it for fall 2010 in a legging, and it was probably one of our best sellers. I think it’s going to be a good bell-bottom.

ESD: How would you suggest wearing the bell bottom style?

KK: I think you’ll see more people wearing bell bottoms in the spring, because it’s hard to wear in the fall because everyone wants to wear boots. Bell-bottoms drag on the floor and might get a bit wet with the snow or the rain. But when it’s spring time, when you can wear them with flats and a tee shirt and a bell bottom jean, it’s not just an outfit anymore it becomes fashion. You can pair it down with a t-shirt and flip flops and still look amazing, or you can with it with a nice top and a pair of heels.

ESD: What makes Rag and Bone jeans special?

KK: For me, I say it’s fit. Denim is 100% about how it fits you. It doesn’t matter what brand it is,  it doesn’t matter the color or the wash. People say that the pocket placement is all that matters. But for me it’s how it fits your body is going to make you feel good and look good in turn. I think the fit of Rag & Bone is the biggest selling point.

ESD: What elements of the fit are most important?

KK: The rise is for me is what’s important. I don’t do anything too low where you’ll get the muffin top, so I brought the rise up so it’s in between the traditional low and the mid-rise, so it’s not mid-rise like mom jeans, but it’s no so low you’re uncomfortable. It really covers your hips and curves.


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