Belstaff
By Lizzy Bowring

EFFORTLESS LUXURY New York: Belstaff started off by showing the label’s signature waxed cotton pieces, like the belted Trailmaster jacket, some styled with waxed …

Feb 11, 2013
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EFFORTLESS LUXURY
New York: Belstaff started off by showing the label’s signature waxed cotton pieces, like the belted Trailmaster jacket, some styled with waxed cotton trousers for a utility feel. Head of design Martin Cooper mixed in menswear too. “I wanted to have a mixed men’s/women’s wear show, as we really design clothes for the same kind of client, girl or guy. I always think what looks good on a guy will always work for a girl,” Cooper told us, backstage.  Many new techniques were used, such as bonding, techno micro-twill, beaver nylon and oiled suede. Leather pieces were the high points of the collection, in warm, elegantly rich colors like oxblood, tobacco, walnut and black, and leathers were used throughout as detailing on jackets and coats. “It’s all about effortless luxury. It’s the girl on the back of a motorcycle, the element of fragility and danger.” explained Cooper. Standout pieces were a color-blocked sable/travertine/shearling coat, the vintage python espresso jacket and mini skirt, the cognac leather trench coat, and all the flouncy skirts that added soft femininity to the sharp military-biker-inspired collection. A few sparks came from black metallic studs on leather shell tops and skirts, and while the silhouette loosely referenced the 60s and 70s, the collection was really about wearable modern pieces for an urban couple on the go.—Celia Ingesson

Silhouette: Minimalist / Lean / Biker / Tailored

Color:
 Shire green / Walnut / Windsor green / Oxblood / Charcoal / Quartz / Black / Ivory

Key Items: The shearling coat / Waxed utility jackets and coats / Shift dresses / Bonded leather jackets / Stovepipe trousers / Flouncy skirts / Merino “boyfriend” sweaters

Materials: Leather: bonded, or plain / Silk / Melton / Felt / Shearling / Fur / Merino wool knit / Waxed cotton / Technical nylons

Print + Pattern: Color and fabric blocking / Subtle tweed checks

Details + Trim: Leather and fur contrasts / Contrasting fabrics and trimmings / Subtle color blocking / Heavy metallic zips and buttons

Accessories + Footwear: High boots with military inspiration / Sharp pumps with ankle straps 

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