- Text Nik Patel
- Photography Portia Hunt
- 11th January 2016
COLD AS ICE
Belstaff started out near a century ago with resilient, weather-protective outerwear, and that is exactly where the dynamism and creative direction has returned with their FW16 collection.
Conceptualised by the hashtag #HeadingNorth, Belstaff reached deep into the harsh, unforgiving climate of the Arctic and heaved out heavy, fur-trimmed parka coats and pilot jackets in a hardened palette of steel greys, polar whites and oil blacks. A pinch of muted colour was thrown about the collection in the form of moss and seaweed-shade quilted outerwear, and camouflage print was utilised sparingly. Styles yearned to be dragged away from their urban setting and dropped into the demanding conditions of the icy North. Belstaff¸ whilst unsheathing their sturdy looks of explorer-fashion, honed in on their motorcycling roots through use of leather; thick, jet-black coats and a slim-fitting jacket were paired with skinny trousers and tough, dark boots. Beneath the warm blanket of fur and leather lay dense, durable knitwear with draped roll-necks.
Style was united with functionality, and the characteristics of a challenging environment were exemplified with flair.