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Twenty-nine beautiful black models slayed every step of Romeo Hunte’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway. How could they not? The label cuts some of the best outerwear in the business.

When you throw shearling jackets, fox-fur chubbies, trenches tiled with fur patchwork, PVC-detailed bombers and reversible raincoats over Black Panther-inspired Speedo wetsuits, finished off with fresh pairs of Tims, you know what happens? #BlackGirlMagic, that’s what. Add a DJ, film crews, social media influencers like June Ambrose, Blake Scott, Saint Jhn and every major fashion magazine, and you’re on the road to what could be a successful season.

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But showmanship is not to be confused with craftsmanship. Hunte’s collection does not depend on hype; rather, it depends on finely worked jackets with well-thought-out detailing like detachable sleeves, reversible linings and detachable collars in combinations that are at once surprising and surprisingly wearable.

For his 2018 Fall/Winter collection, the designer said that his inspiration was Aspen, Colo., a city that is cloaked in posh ski resorts, five-star restaurants, world-class think tanks and luxury shopping that’s as intense as any black diamond ski run. It’s also a city where your coat conveys status as much as, if not more than, your clothes; those wet suits Hunte used as underpinnings may have been a nod also to the one-piece ski suits so ubiquitous in the Mile-High City.

Hunter has a unique vocabulary when it comes to coats that draws equally from cinched, belted and chained Italian police uniforms; Marcy Projects street style; and the glamour of old Hollywood movies. Hunte’s women make grand entrances and dramatic exits; one particular standout this season was a trench coat with fox-fur patchwork.

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But what Hunte does best is updating and reworking his own signature details and patterns. He is known for dressing celebs like Beyoncé, Halle Berry and Zendaya in buffalo-check ponchos; this season, clear PVC was added as an overlay on the checked pattern to give this soft staple fabric both edge and a modern dimension. (You’ll likely be seeing a lot of PVC this season; it was also utilized by Virgil Abloh in his capsule collection for Jimmy Choo that debuted at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday.)

What we saw this season was a modern woman’s uniform for traveling exploring. The Romeo Hunte woman is a woman who is going places—and wants to get there in style.

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