Should you can keep in mind them afterwards, British music festivals can usually be fantastic. Bother is, they’re nearly at all times extraordinarily moist: Overlook Burning Man, suppose Soaked Everybody. Right now Alasdhair Willis evoked these doubtful delights by making a runway of trodden mud on which he relived the three levels of typical Brit Competition expertise through the medium of garments.
First, optimistic anticipation: In they bounded, sporting ripstop fishtail parkas in sunny dégradé pastels below a deludedly mild layer of deconstructed outerwear. This included a robust remix of the trucker jacket in shades of olive and camo. The footwear, a key class for Hunter, included an attention-grabbing hybrid of desert boot and the specially-made Vibram sole used on the label’s heaviest-duty Wellington—right here rendered in pastel panels for style consumption.
Subsequent, put up–inevitable downpour, got here adaptation: Rubberized coats peppered with drawstring ringlets and botanical flecked semitransparent parkas wreathed in man rope ribbons have been meant, stated Willis, to present the impression they’d been swiftly assembled to fend off the rain. Wellingtons appeared, in additional dégradé pastel. Camo parkas in crunchy-to-the-touch handled nylon obscured, slightly sadly, a nice part of colourful patched gingham shirting.
By the top, sheer abandon had set in: It’s nonetheless raining, however Hell Yeah. A medley of outsized baseball jackets-meet-ponchos got here variously peppered with patches (together with the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine) or with suspended fringes of extra ribboning.
Hunter’s metamorphosis from farmer’s favourite to entrance row draw (Salma Hayek and Luke Evans had been among the many attendees at this time) started when Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and different It Brits began carrying the corporate’s Wellingtons at Glastonbury a decade or so in the past. So riffing on that transformative second appears a good strategy to advance Willis’s ambition to additional Hunter as a youthful way of life model. Backstage he recalled his personal first competition: “Glastonbury, 1985. I noticed Echo & the Bunnymen. And it didn’t rain!” Some guys have all of the luck.