Belstaff is among some of the British brands that prefer to show their men's collection at the peak of Milan men's fashion week rather than during London Collections: Men. A choice that allows for a certain contrast when compared to what the Italian houses have to offer in terms of men's fashion and style.
Belstaff, a house founded in 1924, stays in the same universe as last season for its spring summer men's collection. Multiple motorcycles parked outside the venue welcomed guests at the presentation giving a sneak peek of what to expect in terms of clothes. And the fourteen looks that came down the runway distillate the essence of this edgy crowd’s nomadic fashion.
Leather is the fabric favored by Belstaff's creative director Martin Cooper. Leather jackets, leather sleeveless jackets, and leather pants (and obviously the combat boots) are recurring elements of the silhouettes.
The leather bags, a puzzle of colorful patches worn as medals, are worn as reminders of the nomadic spirit infused in the collection and the motorcycle journey Belstaff is taking us on.
Practicality is key when embarking on a motorcycle road trip, which is why pockets are found aplenty along buckles and zippers.
The color palette isn't very extensive and revolves around shades of grey, brown, dirty yellow, and olive green; hues where stains can't be seen, another element that's reminiscent of the “ride or die” vibe of the collection.
The collection’s feature pieces of knitwear was a nice alternative to the heaviest leather and suedes. A contrast that will certainly appeal to the less adventurous men who can still be a little wild at heart.