Runway Report: Belstaff Fall 2015

High molded ceilings and derelict walls draped with vintage military parachutes set the scene for British heritage brand Belstaff’s fall/winter 2015 women’s wear presentation. The iconic lifestyle brand founded in 1924 became famous for their innovative water resistant textiles and adventuristic outerwear – elements still seen throughout their designs over 90 years later.

Inspired by a sense of ‘free spirit,’ the fall/winter collection beautifully juxtaposed masculine and feminine aesthetics through the layering of shapely mohair capes atop of leather biker jackets and airy draped dresses. Tea-length leather skirts, button-up blouses, and knitted turtlenecks peaked out of the earth-toned military inspired parkas and oversized powder blue coats. Suede, shearling and fur collared bomber jackets channeled a 1930’s Amelia Earhart, who – fun fact – wore the brand back in her heyday.

Messy combed-back hair, defined cheekbones and bold brows were the dominant beauty looks, the models’ makeup otherwise simple and devoid of much color. Black leather boots balanced out the heavy outerwear and multitude of layers, adding an even more rustic edge to the versatile collection.

As an added perk, a dashing throng of waiters served up cocktails to the presentation-goers; the models also getting in on the action sipping champagne between photo ops. If that’s what Belstaff meant by ‘free spirits,’ then we’re fully on board.

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Naomi Nachmani is a Toronto-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle freelance writer. She has a penchant for history, travelling, books and The Bachelor, and believes strongly in the value of emojis. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @naominachmani