LFW SS17 Day 3: Belstaff x Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler’s second capsule collection for Belstaff captures the heady vibe of English Countryside at the end of the 1960s/start of the 70s, and the rock ‘n’ roll characters that were drawn to it at the time.
Shapes and silhouettes reference the free-spirited women, combined with Belstaff’s military archive pieces, resulting in a capsule collection that is at once strong, yet feminine and playful. The palette reflects the summer countryside – taking more than a cue from Liv’s break-out film Stealing Beauty directed by Bernardo Bertolucci – rich with khaki, sand and washed-out denim hues, while a floral motif has been presented on a black background for an edgier aesthetic.
A soft tactility is at the heart of the collection, from a cropped fitted leather biker jacket with epaulettes inspired by an early 70s racing blouson from Belstaff’s archive to a beautiful sage-green suede suit made up of an A-line popper-fronted skirt and sartorial jacket. The military influence is also visible in a four-pocket trench coat in olive and sand, and a cotton olive cape, both of which are water-repellent. Military buttons are also a feature of a striped knit and a cropped regalia jacket. These structured pieces juxtaposed with more relaxed shapes such as a denim dress with four pockets referencing Belstaff’s heritage outerwear and matching wide-leg cropped jeans, and a fresh yet bold polka-dot patterned silk top and wide trousers – a look whose inspiration Liv took from Katherine Hepburn.
This collection is very easy and comfortable to wear in urban environment, a bold move from Belstaff’s original brand heritage.