London Men's Fashion Week SS16: Belstaff

Desert storm

London Men's Fashion Week SS16: Belstaff
Known for their exceptional leather outerwear inspired by motorcycle culture, Belstaff opted for a lighter palette this season with a utilitarian collection fit for the dunes

1. Palm Springs
Belstaff brought forth a strong aesthetic that clearly enunciated its inspiration: Brown and khaki outerwear (not to mention the dune setting) made explicit references to desert and utility influences for their spring/summer 2016 collection.    

2. Shades of pale
The brand updated their outerwear edit, leaving behind their signature black motorcycle jackets for mahogany leather, tan suede and khaki. The outfits favoured paler tones as well — with cream and white a prominent colour palette for most ensembles. 

3. Utilitarian wear
Fabrics aside, their jackets, coats and trousers are a handyman's wet dream. In the collection's entirety, you'll be hard pressed to find a piece without strategically placed pockets reminiscent of the working man's garb. However, the brand still managed to keep things interesting with their tan suede cape (Look 7) and cinched leather jacket (Look 18) that brought an unconventional silhouette to the mix.

4. Tools for accessories 
True to the ethos of the collection, the design of Belstaff accessories were utility centric. Save for a white knapsack, the models were hands-free and wore leather tool belts and canteen holders. 

5. Our favourite look
If we have to play favourites, we're going with Look 14. The khaki-toned trench, utility belt and canteen holder may command attention, but design details like the ribbed panelling on the trousers and white-strip piping on the trench speaks of a man that has grasped both utility and style.   

To see all our coverage of London Collections: Men SS16, click here.

Text: Andrea Sim

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