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.”
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
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Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)