When: Monday 21st September, London Fashion Week
Where: The Hellenic Centre, London
Models: VIPs/opinion formers:
Belstaff girl gang led by, Charlotte Wiggins, Mathilda Lowther; Jodie Kidd; Propellers; Becky Tong; Eve Delf; Nicki Shields; Sang Woo Kim; Alistair Guy; Max Chilton; Struan Moore; Betty Betty Bachz; Alison Balsom
BELSTAFF’s spring/summer’16 collection is inspired by the beauty manifested in power: from
the thrust of waves to the hum of a throttled engine, some of the greatest forces are also
some of the most beautiful, and it is this dichotomy which Delphine ninous, Vp Women’s
Design for belstaff, seeks to capture here.
it is perhaps nature’s greatest force – that of the sea – that provides this collection with its
most prominent theme. From the mottled play of light in the shallows to the richer hues of
the deep oceans, the ebb and flow of this ultimate energy is explored through texture, form,
colour and silhouette, providing a unique meditation on femininity.
We find the belstaff woman hurtling through a life of adventure, a free-spirited agent
constantly ready for and adapting to the challenges she encounters. she is a force of
femininity: on the one hand a power to be reckoned with, while on the other a serene beauty
amid the tumult. this juxtaposition is central to the Dna of belstaff womenswear, and most
evident here in the bold yet effortless combination of a long silk georgette dress with a
1950s-inspired leather café racer, and in the reinvention of classic belstaff silhouettes such
as the rider’s coat or four-pocket jacket, which come in lighter technical fabrics that are as
assuredly feminine as they are protective.
ninous’ second main collection for belstaff, shown during london Fashion Week, was
presented in the Great Hall of marylebone’s Hellenic centre, an elegant inner-city mansion
dating from the early 1900s. models in the new collection were dispersed around the hall
among vignettes of sand, whilst seascapes and sounds formed a backdrop, with composer
sorana santos (who replaced Florence Welch in her breakthrough band ashok) playing a
medley of piano music on a grand steinway throughout. mayfair gastronomic newcomer,
bouillabaisse, provided coastal cuisine to guests viewing the presentation from an over-
COLLECTION NOTES OvERLEAF
Belstaff is a global British luxury lifestyle brand steeped in its heritage and spirit of adventure.
n Belstaff, the fearless explorer and the fashion enthusiast alike will discover an approachable
luxury for a modern lifestyle all influenced by Belstaff’s rich history and archives.
Belstaff is headquartered in London and showrooms reside there, and in New York, Milan and Munich.
Belstaff is currently sold through its flagship on New Bond Street, and six freestanding boutiques in Europe
and the United States, through select wholesale distribution worldwide and on www.Belstaff.com
Spring Summer 2016 WOMENSWEAR COLLECTION
a key element to the collection is the water reflection print, a mottled play of light which has been used
evocatively in a protective wax-cotton jacket, t-shirts and a tiered silk-georgette dress. the print is
complemented throughout the collection with elements of transparency.
playing with the idea of breaking waves and wind-blown grains of sand, belstaff has introduced a white
chalky coating on leather, linen and knitwear fabrics to give them a tactile sense of degradation. the wavy
lines left in the sand by the receding tide also serve as the inspiration for a quilted fitted bomber jacket.
taping features throughout the collection, inspired by the brand’s motorcycle and military heritage. it
delivers an element of strength and reinforcement in leather pieces such as a fitted racing blouson and
in four-pocket jackets and coats, while elsewhere taping has been developed more conceptually, in
particular a full-length white dress with patchwork effect.
referencing pinstriped surfboards and moto racing stripes, this collection features many striping details
suggestive of momentum and speed.
Given belstaff’s history of pioneering technical fabrics, this collection continues in the same vein by
using innovative coating techniques on linen to add a protective quality to an otherwise lightweight
luxury fabric. organza and silk provide fluidity in contrast to the structure of vegetable tanned leather.
With the addition of lightweight suede, coated cotton and wax elements, the entire collection is
extremely tactile and textural.
the collection plays with transparency and opacity in a range of colours – and significantly and unusually
for belstaff, predominantly with pastels – many referencing the sea and the coast from sky to marine blues,
to textural whites and rich hues of sandy beige. Faded earthy khakis and olives reference military fatigues.
rope detailing and fishing net motifs play into the knitwear offering, with graphic mesh effects once again
blurring the frontier between transparency and opacity.
boot sandals with a cutaway heel and a corrugated leather upper represent strength in femininity by
combining military detailing with a much more casual summer aesthetic.
Creative Director Hair: Neil Moodie for Windle and Moodie
Key Make Up artist: Maria Comparetto