In 2016 more so than ever I am scouting for female pioneers of the past. Whilst at Paris Fashion Week 2016 for MenStyleFashion, I took time out to explore the Louis Vuitton Exhibition. I was really intrigued about the section on the women who flew solo. The fashion that they wore was very inspiring too. It dawned on me why don’t we talk about these courageous women in 2016. These very few women who were female pioneers venturing into the earth’s bleakest locations, where technology was in no means what it is today.
Unbeknownst to me, Belstaff was one of the first brands to dress Amelia Earhart. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.
Belstaff also dressed Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson, CBE was a pioneering English aviatrix and was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s
Belstaff for 2016 was delighted to welcome special guest female polar pioneer Christina Franco one of the only women to attempt a sole expedition to the North Pole.
The collection below is Belstaff now turning its attention to polar expeditions taking inspiration from Edith “Jackie” Ronne’s pioneering 1947 Antarctic expedition.
This collection celebrates her spirit with a mix of polar and moto inspirations, influenced by wintry landscape textures of snow, icebergs, rocks and Inuit dress. Motocross leather pants combine with fur-lined parkas, while embroidered jackets and patchworks of wools and skins bring richness to the collection. Belstaff’s strong attitude and freedom of spirit is expressed but with soft materials and lines.
“We were inspired by female pioneers venturing into the earth’s bleakest locations. Protection from the elements, warmth and comfort are key, as are the stylistic influences derived from these lands and the animals and people inhabiting them” – VP Women’s Design, Delphine Ninous
Luxurious Natural Fibres – Emphasising Strong And Modern Femininity
Working closely with Delphine, Liv Tyler, Belstaff Brand Ambassador and Creative Contributor, has interpreted the Belstaff spirit and archives by creating a capsule based on contemporary silhouettes and luxurious natural fibres, emphasising a strong and modern femininity.
“I wanted to express strength through outerwear and leather alongside a more feminine sensual side through the softer materials of shearling and silk, and via my fitted silhouettes. It is a true amalgam of masculine and feminine. These are the 12 key items every woman should have in their closet.” – Liv Tyler
The capsule lands in stores in September ’16.