Belstaff autumn/winter 2016 collection presentation for LFWLondon Fashion Week AW16
With a title like Polar Pioneer, you would be right to assume that Belstaff would be taking us on a stylish expedition through winter. Amidst the high grey arches of the crypt at One Marylebone, the British brand presented a collection inspired by polar expeditions – particularly those led by women.
This influence is felt in the warm, protective quality of the outerwear, which combines Belstaff’s classic moto aesthetic with embroidery and patchworks of wools and skins that evokes Inuit dress. Colour-blocking in a cool, polar-inspired palette are a key part of these luxurious, wearable coats and jackets, whilst the addition of white Mongolian shearling marks a fresh direction for the brand.
Moving around the installation of Perspex icy shards, the use of natural fibres to create striking interplays between various textures and shapes becomes something of a recurring theme. Cable knits combine shearling and fur, whilst elsewhere shoulder or elbow patches finish graphic motocross sweaters in style.
Flowing, softly pleated skirts in organza or leather provide an appealingly feminine, lightweight contrast with the bulkier outerwear, whilst a silk bomber jacket emblazoned with an embroidered phoenix stands out as a luxurious, contemporary design.
With such rich fabrics and luxurious textures, Belstaff have succeeded in a very difficult task – making practical utility wear into something sophisticated and elegant.
Photos: Erol Birsen