Working closely with VP of Women’s Design Delphine Ninous, Belstaff Brand Ambassador and Creative Contributor Liv Tyler has uniquely interpreted the Belstaff spirit and archives by creating a capsule collection based on contemporary silhouettes and luxurious natural fibres, emphasising a strong and modern femininity.
“I wanted to express strength through the outerwear and leather pieces alongside a more feminine sensual side through the softer materials like silk, and via the more fitted silhouettes of my styles,” says Tyler. “Our capsule is a collection of pieces which I love, and which hope they find their way into other women’s closets. It’s a celebration of the feminine and masculine rolled into one.”
A fine leather jacket with a removable collar and a quilted interior is contrasted with blush pussy-bow blouses and fitted under-the-knee riding boots. A new more fitted take on the Milford (the coat Belstaff originally created for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock) has also been created in three fabrications, while two new nylon parkas come with removable shearling gilets. New technical fabrications include a protective coated treatment and water-repellent cotton and a lightweight nylon. Toscana skin has been used to add warmth, textural depth and contrast to the technical detailing.
The 12 style capsule lands in stores in September ‘16. Product imagery is currently embargoed.
Liv presented her capsule in an intimate space at the Belstaff AW16 presentation during London Fashion Week. The products were exhibited on mannequins while Tyler’s new campaign film for Belstaff, Falling Up, was projected onto a wall.
In it, Liv retraces the footsteps of 1920s aviator Amelia Earhart, one of the first women Belstaff dressed.
Liv Tyler said: “We’d been thinking of ways to tell the story of who the modern Belstaff woman really is - free-spirited, independent, brave. Amelia was the perfect inspiration: besides wearing Belstaff back then, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic by herself and attempted to fly around the world.”
In addition to starring in Falling Up, Liv Tyler reprised her role as Executive Producer on the project, following her same role on Outlaws for Belstaff starring David Beckham last year. Niall O’Brien directed.
Falling Up will be released publicly following the London presentation and viewable on www.belstaff.com/falling-up/
Belstaff was delighted to welcome special guest Tracey Curtis-Taylor to the presentation, who recently piloted her vintage biplane with open cockpit solo from the UK to Australia, following in the path of pioneer female pilot Amy Johnson, whom Belstaff also dressed in the 30s, alongside Amelia and Doreen Evans. In May 2016, Tracey will commemorate Boeing's centennial by flying across the USA, retracing the historical airmail routes.