BELSTAFF Women spring summer 2016 collection London Fashion Week.

September 21, 2015

When: Monday 21st September, London Fashion Week

 Where: The Hellenic Centre, London

ModelsVIPs/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

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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-

hanging terrace.

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COLLECTION NOTES OvERLEAF

About BELSTAFF:

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

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Spring Summer 2016 WOMENSWEAR COLLECTION

COLLECTION NOTES

PRINT

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.

WHITE COATING

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

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.

STRIPES

referencing pinstriped surfboards and moto racing stripes, this collection features many striping details

suggestive of momentum and speed.

FABRICS

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.

COLOURS

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.

KNITWEAR

rope detailing and fishing net motifs play into the knitwear offering, with graphic mesh effects once again

blurring the frontier between transparency and opacity.

SHOES

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.

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Beauty Report;

Creative Director Hair: Neil Moodie for Windle and Moodie

Key Make Up artist: Maria Comparetto

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