May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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BEYOND BIKER CHIC
New York: Belstaff’s creative director, Martin Cooper, has been experimenting with new ways to reference the label’s motorcycling heritage while still creating sophisticated, high-end garments. His excellent S/S 13 collection sparked new interest in the venerable house, and his Pre-Fall offering kept the momentum going. There were nods to elements of biker style with reinforced elbows, quilting, and heavy-duty zippers, but the theme was subtle. Outerwear, being the house’s signature, was an expected highlight. Sharply tailored double-breasted coats, luxe fur jackets, and the classic Trialmaster jacket were among the desirable selection. But Cooper also excelled with separates. Cropped, slim trousers, inverted-pleat skirts, shrunken pantsuits, and easy dresses were all hits. It was the label’s first Pre-Fall outing, and it was a solid success.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Shrunken / A-line / Hourglass / Top-heavy
Color: Khaki / Black / True red / Oxblood / Cinnamon / Dark chocolate / Forest green / Navy / Berry / Gold
Key Items: Slim trousers / Double-breasted coats / A-line skirts / Leather Trialmaster jackets
Materials: Leather / Lustrous suitings / Heavy twill / Matte silks / Fine-gauge cashmere / Nylon / Jacquard / Shaggy fur / Chunky mélange yarns / Lacquered knits
Print + Pattern: Camouflage / Color blocking
Details + Trim: Snaps / Heavy-duty zippers / Inverted pleats / Accordion pleats / Leather trim / Fur trim / Flap pockets / Quilting / Reinforced elbows / Self-belts / Buckles
Accessories + Footwear: Boxy totes / Boxy clutches / Hobo bags / Doctor bags / Snakeskin minaudieres / Platform knee-high boots
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