Hunter Original’s debut as a full-fledged fashion label came with a transporting set. Alasdhair Willis, the label’s new creative director, laid out a shadowy forest in the cavernous basement of London’s University of Westminster and had models stomping through an indoor stream. They wore a cool, confident collection that wittily riffed on Hunter’s heritage as a purveyor of Wellington boots.
Outerwear crafted to withstand all manner of inclement weather dominated the show. Fluid rubber was worked into ponchos in racing green, black or red, and hearty duffle coats came in tomato red, lemon yellow or electric blue for both men and women. A khaki safari jacket, rugged fisherman sweaters knit in contrasting color blocks and ergonomically cut fleece jackets rounded out the wardrobes of this outdoorsy bunch.
As for Willis’ take on Hunter’s famed boots, for women he turned out colorful calf-length styles with a chunky heel while men donned lace-up styles in a black-and-white swirling pattern with textured toecaps.