Now that London Fashion Week Men’s is over, many of us are still in awe of what we saw walking down the runway.
From the bold to the simple and the truly mesmerising, it looks like wardrobes are about to become overfilled again. One brand that jumped off the catwalk this year was Belstaff.
A British heritage brand with nearly 90 years in the business, Belstaff began its life in the north of England.
Known for a range of key pieces, including men’s leather jackets, boots, knitwear and polo shirts, alongside their women’s wear, this year they made a stir with the S/S 2020 Collection.
Labelled ‘Travelogue’, the effortless look stood out for all the right reasons, which is why we’re taking a deeper dive, below.
A contemporary take on the brand’s history, this was the second collection from Lehnhardt-Moore.
The idea behind it was to create a clothing range, for both men and women, that was functional, stylish and contemporary. The perfect idea in today’s world of gender-neutral and simplistic items. Further to this, the clothing was made to help those that wear it have an effortlessly fluid wardrobe in today’s busy world, taking them through every aspect of their lives, from work and leisure to travel and the evening.
Inspired by two pieces in the archive, Lehnhardt-Moore said of the collection:
“I found two jackets that were the ignition for me,” he explains.
“One was a cotton fishing jacket called the Castmaster, the other was a crisp, nautical jacket from the 70s – the XL500. The Collection became about the fusion of these two spirits. Both pieces had Belstaff’s signature use of the best fabrics and finishes, and yet each interpreted these qualities in different ways. I was interested in the juxtaposition of fabrics using Linen and Cotton that have a lived-in quality, but mixing them with something that’s very Belstaff, such as ‘Oxford Nylon’.”
Showcased at Hoxton Docks, with its warehouse look, this harked back to the industrial heritage of the label that inspired the collection.
But, one thing that’s captivating about the collection as a whole, is its dedication to the world at large.
With sustainability being huge in the world of fashion at the moment, after being highlighted due to the rise in fast fashion. This has led big names, such as Marks & Spencer and Zara, to announce various plans on how they’ll become more sustainable.
Belstaff’s approach with this collection was to make clothing that was more purposeful and would remain beyond seasons. Something we truly think they achieved effortlessly.
So, if you’re looking for simple fashion that can last through the seasons, we think we’ve found the one that’s right for you.