Belstaff Menswear Fall Winter 2014 Milan
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It comes as no surprise that one of the most daring men's collections we have seen all week - Belstaff's fall winter 2014/5 - was inspired by the 1965 Isle of Man International Six Day Trial Motorcycle Race.

Designer Martin Cooper, who joined the label two and a half years ago, is a self-professed motorcycle fan.

"I think every man likes bikes," the South Carolina native told Now Fashion.

Cooper explained that he tried to mix wearable pieces into the rider motif.

There was a lot of detail that went into these designs that included hand-waxed leather jackets, which involved hand coating leather with colored wax and finished with a hair dryer blow out.  Intricate oversized biker or gauntlet gloves were fashioned with curly shearling, while moto boots were made with multiple side buckles.

Elsewhere, durable riding pants with ribbed knee patches, knitted waxed cotton rider hats with protective face guards, motorcycle capes and foul weather parkas enforced the collection with an extreme sports edge.

Belted-leather jackets with ribbed shoulders were paired with knit turtlenecks and fur-lined collar, reminiscent of the Sir Francis Drake-explorer era yet still very 21st century.

Despite the nostalgic influence, the entire collection is a potent mix of the quintessential 1965 daredevil and a contemporary urban man.

"There is something about man and machine,"  Cooper said. "I like the romanticism."

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