Belstaff unified this season’s collection seeing Menswear and Womenswear side by side. Inspired by the adventures of Paris to Dakar rally riders, this collection has a unique use of modern performance fabrics with retro sports graphics, prints finished with bonded seams and waterproof zips, whilst reflecting the extreme conditions faced by the riders. This lightweight collection is wearable in all climates, with technical designs showing a strong 70s and 80s influence and merges together with a modern technical finish.
A comforting colour pallet displays rich, warm and earthy tones reflecting the North African landscape. This is complemented with sage green, ash rose and chambray pastels going hand in hand with an elaborate Prince of Wales check in nylon. Alongside this, the collection uses washed out leather jackets, stressed denim patch work and tailored Chinos.
A highly anticipated Autumn/Winter collection was shown by Oliver Spencer this season at London Fashion Week Men’s, with a great turn out at the BFC Show space on the strand.
Oliver who is a self-taught tailor originally started out with his first store on Lambs Conduit Street, now internationally known and stocked in stores from Mr Porter, Harvey Nichols, and Le Bron Marche.
Founded in 2002 Oliver Spencer is known for his unique take on a modern relaxed style mixed with premium quality.
His latest show at London Fashion Week Men’s demonstrated an exciting take on the urban life in London. The collection titled “Love Is The Drug” drew inspiration from the city, culture, and the vibrant energy often found throughout the city, A Winter colour pallet and autumn tones reflected the river themes and local landscape.
This season looks flowed perfectly with deep chocolate and mustard suites in a luxurious velvet. A variety of masculine and boxy silhouettes followed with a great use of deep autumn tones, creating a sophisticated modern look mixed with a streetwear vibe. Oliver Spencer used a mixture of eye-catching textures and prints including this seasons trend plaid, stripes, and velvet. Creating a true reflection of the urban and vibrant atmosphere of London, with looks that are easily wearable and layered, perfect for today’s modern fashionable man.
As the classic British brand expands its reach into Asia (South Korea, China and Japan), the SS16 collection harks back to its traditional British heritage and draws on the colonial styles inherent to its heritage supplying the British army and intrepid explorers like Lawrence of Arabia.
The clear military references can be seen throughout the collection, from the Desert Rat inspired khaki jackets with big “practical” pockets, to the parachute inspired taping details.
As well as clothing explorers in the past, the brand continues the tradition by partnering with the understatedly sexy Levison Wood of Walking the Nile, with whom Belstaff have designed a customised jacket for the modern day explorer.
To suit the warmer climes of the new Asian markets, the Spring/Summer collection is lighter and fresher than their signature jackets. White denim jeans and technical nylon jackets suit the more metropolitan explorer, with a masculine sporty look.
Finally, the attention to detail in the patterning must be noted, with hand painted camouflage pattern, and prints of old British maps.