Yay! It’s London Fashion Week, the twice yearly event organised by the British Fashion Council that puts London firmly in the “Big Four” of fashion influencing cities. Famed for the eclectic mix of designers showing, LFW is a place where anything goes, from street to sleek, clean lines of functional fashion right on through to the bizarre and outlandish that only few could get away with wearing. The event showcases London’s melting pot of creativity, a mix of cultures and influences converging together, culminating in it’s complete uniqueness as a city. Perhaps I am biased but London, for me, is one of the most vibrant and stimulating cities in the world. I absolutely never tire of it, but then I don’t live there, so I don’t suppose I would!
This week the Wellington Boot manufacturer Hunter made its LFW debut with its first ever runway show. The 160 year old brand famed for its Royal Warrant and for adorning the feet of a trillion festival goers has taken Alasdhair Willis (husband of Stella McCartney) onboard as their Creative Director and created a clothing collection. Willis, a creative entrepreneur who has formerly been known as a painter, a magazine publisher and a furniture manufacturer now adds fashion designer to his burgeoning talent bow. Alasdhair says the collection was inspired by “expeditions to the final frontiers of the deep sea and space”. Well aware of the brands connection with festival goers Willis recognised this and booked model of the moment (and Bradley Coopers, current love) Suki Waterhouse to walk the runway, stating that she was someone “that people would recognise as that sort of girl who goes to festivals and has fun.”
The show held in an old warehouse, featured silver birch trees and a runway filled with water. Apparently some of the front rowers got a bit splashed! It was an appropriate showcasing for Hunters newest Wellington designs which included a Chelsea Boot style and high heels!
The collection includes duffle coats, waterproof capes, jumpers, fleeces and metallic space inspired coats. The colour palette was one of purples, reds, blues, yellows, silver and moss green.
Full of functional pieces with a fashion edge, this coat looks super cozy and I love those boots with the white sole.
Earthy tones, hats and balaclava’s were also involved in the action. Whilst technical fabrics such as neoprene blended practicality with style.
This collection is totally wearable and so good for the British weather, if I was still living in the UK there is no doubt that I would definitely be looking to bag some pieces. You can wear these clothes whether you are a countrysider or a city dweller, I think it is incredibly versatile. Given the horrific weather of late and the fact that it seems to deteriorate further year by year, I can envisage that there will be a high demand for this kind of clothing, keeping us dry and warm but without compromising on style.
There is no doubt that the Original range is aimed a younger customer but Willis points that this is just the start “Hunter Field will launch in Spring Summer 2015 and that’s much more technical so takes care of our more traditional customer.” So traditionalist, farmers and their majesties can rest assured they will not need to swop their classic Hunters for a high heeled pair any time soon.
Have you got a favourite show from this LFW so far?
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Image Credits – Style.com
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