Models on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Runway fashion borrowing from hip-hop culture is hardly a new phenomenon. The trend took off back in fall of 1991 when Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld divisively tried his hand at “the ‘nouveau’ rapper look,” piling gold chains on his models, while his peers Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Neuville took similar inspiration. Now it’s pretty much a commonplace for designers to look to the genre and even tap its key players to walk in their shows. Just this weekend, Angel Haze strutted down DKNY’s runway.
Last season at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang—who’s merged the two worlds throughout his career—referenced ‘90s rap when he sent out "Parental Advisory" sweatshirts to the beat of Pharoahe Monch’s 1999 single “Simon Says.” A moment that perhaps also stuck with Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville when they were planning their Fall ‘14 collection.
A model on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Rag & Bone’s hardest pieces to overlook this season were the squiggly, tapestry-looking sweaters made iconic by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show and later Biggie Smalls. According to Style.com, Coogi—the original creator of the sweater—teamed up with Rag & Bone on slightly updated versions of the textured knit. There’s now a Rag & Bone x Coogi pencil skirt, a cropped sweater with football shoulders, and one with a more traditional cut. If you were hoping for a jacket rendition of the knit in a similar palette, Coogi—still very much in business—has one available online.
Mac Miller and Drake in Coogi sweaters.
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Rag & Bone’s decision to team up with Coogi isn’t questionable for those paying close attention to style trends in rap. The sweater has been due for a resurrection since its comeback in hip-hop over the past couple of years. Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Mac Miller have all sported Coogis—and Rick Ross, T-Pain, and Ace Hood even dressed one of their background dancers in a minidress version of the knit for the “Cash Flow” video back in 2008. (Missed opportunity for that cut, Rag & Bone.)