LC:M Christopher Raeburn autumn/winter 2013

After his recent womenswear collection – a real focus on femininity - today saw the designer head in a more practical, masculine direction.

Often wearing his Britishness on his sleeve, the show opened with military map prints on a typically Raeburn-esque parka and blazer which in combination with a soundtrack that evoked an industrial harbour, revealed the inspiration as the Maunsell Sea Forts in Whitstable. A fitting intro for a collection that celebrates the character of a British naval landmark.

The season's favourite bomber jacket was updated for autumn / winter 2013 and appeared in the most brilliant of reds (the only striking colour throughout) with contrasting black sleeves and waist bands. Later, we saw quilted plaids with contrasting Breton striped sleeves. The map print resurfaced quilted at the breast and finally in charcoal wool versions.

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The hoods (there were lots of hoods), cagoules and gillets were a reminder of the practicality of the collection, but what a way to simultaneously tick that stylish and practical box.

Whether it's the external folded pockets or leather zipper tags, the map fabrics as linings and trims (which marked the expansion of his accessory offering) or signature track lines, it's the finer details that build the basis of such a tactile collection and makes this the perfect armoury to fight the chill.

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