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How to wear Belstaff’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection
Combining the brand’s classic styles with the season’s key silhouettes, the new AW19 collection has pieces you can wear now that will last a lifetime
We may have left our school days behind but every year September never fails to conjure feelings of renewal and the desire to start afresh. For Belstaff creative director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore, AW19 marks the debut of his very first collection. The range channels the key silhouettes seen on the AW19 catwalks – from leather jackets (a Belstaff staple) and tough denim tailoring to a strong nautical theme – while staying true to the brand’s roots. The outfitter’s hard-wearing materials, such as hand-waxed leather, cotton, suede and shearling, are here in abundance, while high-quality finishes keep everything elevated. This is a capsule collection designed to endure the harsh elements of the season, but also to be worn and loved well beyond it.
The collection has been brought to life by the eminent photographer Greg Williams, who shot the brand’s AW19 campaign. Known for his film and editorial work, he has captured everyone from Tom Hardy and Johnny Depp to Michael Caine, the former war photographer’s candid and intimate style perfectly complements the authentic and modern appeal of Lehnhardt-Moore’s designs. It is unmistakably Belstaff – but there is an indisputable new energy too. ‘I believe Belstaff possesses a type of truth,’ says Lehnhardt-Moore. ‘There is an honesty about these pieces that means people buy them and love to own and wear them for a long time. These are investment pieces; they don’t wear you.’
Here, we round up the best of the season according to Belstaff and how to style the pieces from the new collection.
The Trialmaster is the quintessential Belstaff jacket. As timeless and effortlessly cool as a crisp white T-shirt. For AW2019 a sleek new denim version – makes an appearance alongside an Indigo dark denim iteration. The latter makes the perfect starting point for the season’s denim suit trend. Team with a pair of Indigo Longton Slim Jeans, rolled up at the ankle à la James Dean, and some classic black biker boots. Fear not, the look is more Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood than early noughties Justin and Britney. Taking further inspiration from classic Western styles is the new Remmie women’s shirt, made from lightweight rinse denim with classic snap fastenings. Again, go for a modern double-denim look by pairing with the new mid-length Astor skirt, cut from raw indigo with a slight stretch in the fabric. Cinch in at the waist with the Belstaff Collier belt and add a pop of colour with a jaunty cravat.
If the words ‘naval-inspired style’ have you running for the hills with thoughts of the HMS Pinafore, then, frankly, you’re doing it wrong. Naval style is all about keeping things simple and streamlined. Belstaff’s history as outfitters to the Royal Navy plays a key role in the new season collection. Dark navy and indigo tones set the scene, with pops of silver and olive green. Investment pieces include the new Milford coat in black and ink blue. This classic military silhouette with double-breasted front fastening and oversized lapels looks elegant when worn with the Marine Roll Neck or the eye-catching Dock Shawl sweater. Similarly, the new Naval Pea Coat (available for men and women) will keep you snug as a bug – and eminently stylish – when worn over chunky knitwear. For more casual seafaring style, the Wing Waxed Jacket in statement red or ‘Ghurka’ yellow introduces a new canvas-like water-repellent dry wax cotton. Lightweight yet durable with a detachable hood and ‘onion’ quilted lining, it looks the part when worn with the Belstaff Fisherman’s Rib jumper and Alperton boots in cognac brown. Ship shape indeed.
HIT THE ROAD
Leather jackets for him and her continue to dominate the new season collection, paying sartorial homage to Belstaff’s motorcycling heritage. The new men’s Denesmere jacket in lambskin leather is a classic biker style with a four-pocket silhouette and slanted map pocket on the chest reminiscent of Belstaff’s iconic designs. For women, the Marving-T jacket (named after pioneering mountaineer, aviator and all-round renegade Marie Marvingt) is another quintessential biker style cut in luxurious polished lambskin leather. Don’t be afraid to go leather-on-leather with matching trousers and boots – on or off road. For an outerwear alternative, the new Sidney Leather Cape introduces a fashion-forward silhouette that still has roots in classic biker attire. Unless Batman is your style icon, wear contrasting materials and fabrics under the Sidney cape, such as a wool-cashmere roll neck jumper or chunky cable roll neck in cream shades.