Refined ‘Desert Explorers’ bring modernity and an urban edge to Belstaff’s military heritage. Engulfing Old Billingsgate Market with a desert jeep and an army tent full of Casablanca beer and mint tea, the British brand transported guests to time of adventure and discovery of desert landscapes with its SS16 presentation.
Emulating Luke Skywalker, with shades of white and grey, a classic flying jacket with a racer collar is paired with military-like chinos, reinforcing Belstaffs history as a supplier to the British forces. Like most SS16 shows, prints take centre stage. Hand painted camouflage patterns make each lightweight jacket unique. Inspired by the utility of military clothing, four and six pocket jeans and khaki style trousers are paired with trucker jackets and oversized parkas on models standing on a bed of sand. Emphasizing Belstaff’s signature look, light suede is contrasted with leather trims.
The adventurous figure of the great British explorer is a concept that Belstaff has developed for SS16. VP of Men’s Design, Frederik Dyhr explains that “it’s an exploratory collection that injects technical innovation and contemporary fabrications into Belstaff’s heritage silhouettes, evolving elements of military and archive gear for a modern Belstaff identity.”
In keeping with the brand’s iconic silhouette and style, there was a relaxed and modern aesthetic with the Belstaff journey through the desert. But what makes this collection impressive is the trans-seasonal aspect to the clothing.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images © Chelsea Davis.