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August 23 2014

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All the Help We Can Get at Rag & Bone

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Mysteries abounded at Friday’s Rag & Bone party at Goldbar. How did Marcus Wainwright score the Thom Yorke soundtrack for his show? (No comment.) How does one wear the mesh-hipped leather leggings shown in Rag & Bone’s Fall ’09 collection? (“Bravely,” quips Wainwright.) Is Eddie Money retro-hip now? (Apparently.) The time came to consult the oracle. Or, oracles, plural: Every season, a platoon of Englishmen descend on New York City to take in the Rag & Bone show, and given that these are dudes who went to school with Wainwright and David Neville, it seemed they might be able to clear up a few enigmas. Such as: How did a tech guy (Wainwright) and a banker (Neville) wind up with a fashion brand? “Well, I know David better than I know Marcus because Marcus was a year ahead of us in school,” commented mate No. 1, Jamie. “But no, I probably wouldn’t have guessed that they’d be doing this. On the other hand,” he added, “David always was a trendy kid…” The once-and-future trendy kid was on the dance floor, so mate No. 2, Tom, volunteered the secret to Rag & Bone’s skyrocket success. “Look at him,” he said. “Born under a lucky star.” Lot of bloody help you are, mate.

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