PYLOT Magazine Online: Belstaff AW16

  • Anna Claire Sanders

Show report for Belstaff AW16

Continuing their elegant, eloquent tribute to female pioneers, Belstaff translated forgotten histories and the women who wrote them into practical, wearable looks for Autumn/Winter 2016. The narrative followed on from their Pre-Fall theme of ‘Heading North’; a journey of arctic extremes relevantly, and luxuriously tailored for a current climate and modern audience.
Attended by Polar pioneer Christina Franco and aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor, the new season collection felt more relevant, more significant than most. The nostalgia was still there, but the rose-tinted romance of the past was toughened with red leather and motorcross silhouettes, set against considered details and more overtly feminine shapes: a distinctly female-driven, controlled collection.
Ice queens, adorned in rabbit fur and sheer silk pleats, sat atop kryptonite thrones carved from polar caps underneath a bright, midnight sun. Wintry landscapes informed patchwork, embroidered outerwear: wool was woven through fur; shearling rolled up to reveal thermal layers underneath; insulated coats embossed with swirling snow storms.
Created in collaboration with Liv Tyler, the collection possessed a distinct, glam-rock edge; a modern interpretation of this iconically historical brand. As Creative Contributor and Brand Ambassador, Tyler re-interpreted the archives to create an approachable, wearable capsule collection, presented alongside her film ‘Falling Up’, where she retraces the steps of Amelia Earhart, the highly regarded 1920s aviatrix – and one of the first women Belstaff ever dressed.

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