SHOW REPORT | 03/03/2017 | TAJINDER HAYER
BELSTAFF A/W '17
For autumn 2017, Belstaff presented a “Jolly Roger” vibing collection, inspired by its rich military heritage.
Referencing the naval and submariner attire that was worn by officers of the British Royal Navy throughout the Second World War, clothes needed to be suitable to meet the harshest of conditions whilst at sea, and capable of protecting sailors, boatswains and submariners alike. It was upon the ocean that the four-pocket waxed cotton motorcycle jacket was born - a key Belstaff piece.
Taking inspiration from the harsh realities of life at sea, classic maritime silhouettes such as the pea coat and duffle coat were faithfully reproduced in luxury Melton wool, while waterproof hand-waxed cotton and leather reinforce the stylish functionality of naval outerwear. For a twenty first century that is not at sea, these pieces have a life long place in the wardrobe – heavy and robust, practical and wearable, they will go with anything that you already have and never date.
The parka jacket was a new piece that was integral to Belstaff’s autumn offering – a technical foul-weather version that was based upon an archive Belstaff piece, created by the military in 1960. This one piece helped to elevate the collection from military seafaring to modern and rugged. Free-spirited and energetic, there were plenty of downtime pieces here, befitting of a rakish gent at the weekend or out of hours. That sense of an edgier vision for the future was buoyed by naval tattoo designs, the Jolly Roger flag and scuffed denim and shoes, which give a sense of rebellion and individuality.
Colours are core ones for winter – industriral tones of red, brown, blue and military green with charcoal grey, black and navy. In leather and waxed cotton, the colours were given an aged effect and much brighter tones were found in naval tattoo motifs, which add a personalized touch.
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All images by Nicholas Andrews