For his first season as creative director of Belstaff, Sean Lehnhardt-Moore placed the emphasis firmly on the brand’s heritage, choosing to present the collection at the London headquarters, Belstaff House, during London Fashion Week Men’s.
Belstaff started out as an outfitter for motorcyclists and adventurers, a history which is celebrated and referenced by Lehnhardt-Moore in jackets and coats as well as in a new focus on knitwear and innovative outerwear. Made from waxed leather, suede, shearling, merino, cashmere and technical materials, the autumn/winter styles for men and women display Belstaff’s enduring love for quality fabrics.
The collection can be divided into four themes. Outward Bound evokes the intrepid spirit of adventure so often associated with Belstaff, in a shearling coat, a khaki canvas jacket and red sweatshirts. Featuring a number of navy designs, military-style outerwear and knits, the Dockland theme references the brand’s involvement in making uniforms and gear for the British navy. The Machine Age celebrates Belstaff’s long relationship with aviators, motorists and motorcyclists by putting a modern spin on signature styles. Finally, Northern Grit explores the brand’s industrial past in designs that are based on a colour scheme of black, browns and greys.
Successfully combining the brand’s DNA with modern updates, Lehnhardt-Moore’s debut shows plenty of promise for the next chapter in Belstaff’s history.