Saturday, 30 January 2016

Belstaff AW16

Belstaff AW16

During London Fashion Week AW15, nearly all the shows I attended featured a significant presence of sheer. As the proud owner of goodness knows how many coats and jumpers, it puzzled me deeply that such thin material had been proposed for a winter collection, especially when the models parading up and down the runway were clearly wearing nothing else underneath. (Sir Patrick Stewart's cameo in Extras comes to mind here.)

On occasion, practicality should take precedent over style. However, a successful collection is one in which these two elements co-exist harmoniously, as Belstaff has well achieved in their Arctic themed menswear. Aptly titled "Heading North", the AW16 collection combines Belstaff's heritage designs with the durability of cold-weather gear, thereby providing the warmest winter wardrobe.

To highlight Belstaff's approach to the collection, the brick railway arches on Ewer Street became the backdrop for a bleak and frosty scene, complete with snow and slate underfoot. The models, too, appeared set for a winter expedition, clothed in the cosiest outerwear, including wax-cotton jackets with detachable fur and shearling trims, duck-down parka jackets with fur-trimmed hoods, and water-repellent wool and cashmere overcoats. This is an autumn/winter collection that takes its season seriously.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Model off-duty: Jebediah Shorten

(09-01-2016) Jebediah Shorten
Australian model Jebediah Shorten wears a vintage coat and boots, Dejour jeans, and a Thinsulate beanie.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Baartmans and Siegel AW16

American Hustle with a peppering of Motown - the AW16 collection by Baartmans and Siegel is a 70s-inspired spectacle, dominated by camel coats, cosy furs and pinstripe tailoring. As I explored the ensembles up-close, the mix of male and female models threw confusion as to whether I was viewing two closely co-ordinated collections, or rather an extremely versatile menswear line.

Whatever the case, it was altogether impossible to ignore the artistry of the collection that comes from strategic layering and a striking mix of print and fabric. Wool overcoats and fur-lined bomber jackets take the top spot for winter staples, smart wide-leg trousers fall over Converse Chuck Taylors, and the natural pairing of fur coats and Fan Optics sunglasses oozes 70s glamour.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

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