By  on May 12, 2009

Mention a tent, and fashion types will assume you’re referring to a crowded show venue, not the more prosaic camping variety. But this fall, some designers showed looks that wouldn’t be out of place on a hunting-and-fishing jaunt. Sure, Marc Jacobs evoked the Mudd Club for his main collection, but his secondary line was more Elks Lodge, with models in work boots, mechanic-style jumpsuits and buffalo plaid. And the over-the-knee waders Miuccia Prada showed in industrial green wouldn’t have been out of place in Montana (though few true outdoorswomen would have paired them, as she did, with floral velvet frocks).

The gentlewoman farmer look that has gathered steam over the past few seasons possesses a perverse appeal for the fashion set, with the chic affecting lumberjack shirts, hunting vests, work boots, earflap hats and jeans designed to look like they were run over several times with a tractor. Hunter even makes a pre-mud-spattered version of its popular wellies, for those whose commute takes place on the 6 train rather than a wagon train (the company also recently teamed up with Jimmy Choo on a pair of boots). Brit style icon Alexa Chung has been spotted wearing a Barbour barn jacket, accessorized with heels and a Miu Miu tote. “It’s not something that’s just trendy,” says downtown retailer Steven Alan, summing up the rustic look’s appeal. “It’s a little bit ironic.”

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