Belstaff look forward and back for an endurance-focused collection.
For a company steeped in a history of motorcycling, exploration and endurance, it should come as no surprise that Belstaff would choose for their AW16 collection not just the title ‘Heading North’ – ‘North’ being that place of mythical coldness and toughness – but also take inspiration from “the pioneers of endurance riding who threaded their bikes through some of the most inhospitable conditions for the sheer challenge of the journey.” Whether or not you’ll be doing any motorcycling, Belstaff’s debut at LC:M had more than enough to keep heritage-heads happy.
Predictably, functionality was the name of the game, with an abundance of practical outerwear on display: parkas and field jackets in arctic white were all composed with endurance in mind – tri-layer membranes and modular hoods giving a technical authenticity to these cold-weather looks. Even wool was given the explorer treatment, with long cashmere overcoats protected by a water repellent finish
Mixed It Up
Mixing media, the old and the new, was a recurrent motif in the collection – as is fitting for a heritage brand that is also forward-looking. This meant fair isle knits with moto stitch detailing or knitted bombers with applied leather pockets. These designs might not be the most avant garde ones on display at LC:M, but they sure keep you warm in those perilously chilly club queues.