For Autumn/Winter ’17, Belstaff have tapped into their military heritage. The “Jolly Roger” naval and submariner inspired collection is both a tribute and testament to the clothing worn by the British Royal Navy throughout WWII.
The collection interprets the harsh realities of life at sea through colour, fabric and an array of special vintage wax treatments for a worn-in look. Classics such as the pea coat and duffle coat have been reproduced in luxury Melton wool, while waterproof hand-waxed cotton and leather reinforce the functionality of naval outerwear. A technical weatherproof version of the parka has also been reproduced based on a Belstaff archive piece that was created for the military in 1960.
This season’s colour palette focuses on industrial tones of brown, blue and military green, particularly throughout the core pieces. Charcoal grey, black and navy form a base from which emerge brighter hues such as teal, red and burnished gold. In leather and waxed cotton, colours have been given an aged effect for a unique patina.
Gavin Haig, Belstaff CEO said: “Belstaff has a history in dressing the British Navy and we wanted to tap into this inspiration, especially considering our progression in the field of innovation in materials, silhouettes, functionality and protection with this collection.”