Rave Review Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection
Almost everything about Rave Review is upcycled—including its name, which was borrowed from a vintage label. Said moniker is an endless source of mystery to journalists; Josephine Bergqvist and Livia Schück report that there’s nary an interview in which they aren’t asked about it. Since most people assume “rave” refers to dancing, the pair decided to run with that this season, as it also related to their own back story. “We went to a lot of raves together and our friendship became more intense when we started partying together,” said Bergqvist.
Referencing their own memories, and digging into a book about the late 1990s Stockholm club scene, the designers continued to develop themes they introduced last season. The addition of workwear elements, and yes, rave pants, makes the collection feel more personal, as if the pieces came out of Bergqvist and Schück’s own closets.
These two love tartan and they aren’t afraid to play up the pattern’s association with punk by adding bondage-like straps, some with metal eyelets for a hard edge. Fall’s news has to do with texture, particularly the use of fleece and faux fur alongside or mixed with plaid and the brand’s signature blanket coats.
Speaking of signatures, the designers are using the look book for a soft debut of their new logo. “The whole idea and the feeling was to create something quite futuristic,” notes Schück. The reposition of existing things in a contemporary light is an overall motivation for the brand. “Since we’re working with vintage,” adds Bergqvist, “it’s so important to have the contemporary look with everything else, like the silhouettes, the styling and set design; everything needs to be very new.”
NFTs are the novelty of the fall 2022 season, and having found an energy-efficient cryptocurrency, SOL, Rave Review will soon be coming to the male-dominated metaverse with a series of “crytopanties,” based on actual garments that were then translated for the web with the aim of retaining the tactility of the pieces, which was such an important part of the furry fall collection as well. “We wanted to do this project with a feminist point of view,” explains Bergqvist, “because if the metaverse is as powerful as a lot of people think, then it’s really important that women take a place.” Hear, hear.
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