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London Fashion Week: Belstaff AW16

Belstaff’s AW16 men’s collection centred on the theme of ‘Heading North’, with a collection designed for cold adventure riding through rough terrains, snowy mountains and icy glaciers. The Belstaff AW16 women’s collection carried on in this thread, taking inspiration from great polar expeditions – in particular, Edith ‘Jackie’ Ronne’s great Antarctic expedition of 1947; the first woman to be a working member of such an expedition.

Models in the Belstaff AW16 show.

As ever, Belstaff gave more than a nod to its rich heritage, with moto-inspired designs seen in motocross leather trousers, a cracked off-white and tan suede biker jacket and graphic motocross-inspired sweaters.

Models at the Belstaff AW16 show.

The polar theme was intertwined with these signature biker pieces, found in Mongolian shearling jackets, fur-trimmed quilted coats, Inuit-inspired calfskin patchwork, and a colour palette of tan, white, grey and khaki.

Models at the Belstaff AW16 show.

To offset the tough, heavy pieces, subtle feminine details were found in pleated organza wrap skirts, asymmetric hems, fringing and a phoenix-embroidered silk bomber jacket – creating a soft contrast to the more statement-making pieces of the collection.

Models at the Belstaff AW16 show.

Models at the Belstaff AW16 show.

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Words and images by Angharad Jones



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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