Belstaff conjures up images of undercover Bond girls, secret assassins and femme fatale. Women who enjoy the rough-and-tumble of a man’s world without sacrificing their femininity, that’s the Belstaff motto.
So it’s nice to see that ‘dark and deadly’ doesn’t mean black, black and more black. For SS16 Belstaff have focused on ‘The Beauty of Power’, the power of nature in all her glorious splendour. VP Belstaff designer Delphine Ninous used the ocean for inspiration, the immense power and serene nature of the sea. Represented by the use of lighter fabrics- organza, silk and lightweight suede and a softer colour palette of marine blue, sand and white with a splash of khaki and olive. Strength played out in the details- oversized pockets, buckles, taping and rope. Creating a utilitarian vibe which suited the Belstaff brand.
(credit Jason Lloyd Evans)
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.
For all the off duty Wonder Women out there… this collection is for you.