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Belstaff combine men’s and women’s lines for Jolly Roger AW17 collection

Tuesday 10 January 2017
Words Spindle

Belstaff are among the fashion houses combining their men’s and women’s collections at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s, and on Monday they showcased their Autumn/Winter 17 collection in a stunning presentation. The naval and submariner inspired ‘Jolly Roger’ collection was designed to pay tribute to the clothing worn by the British Royal Naval during World War II, and the presentation saw models standing on a raised section behind deck-like rails.

The collection saw numerous parkas in a variety of styles and colours for both men and women, with the designs for these outerwear staples being modern reproductions of a jacket made by Belstaff in 1960. The focus on functionality and waterproof material continued, unsurprisingly with the nautical influence and the AW17 season, with the use of both waxed cotton and leather. These pieces had a rugged charm, capturing the military services inspiration. All the collection’s outerwear stayed well on theme, in maritime silhouettes and military styles, such as double-breasted button-up coats.

These outerwear pieces were generally paired with jeans, chinos, or leather trousers across both collections, with the occasional retro inspired dress or skirt on the female models. Both the menswear and womenswear also featured tattoo and Jolly Roger emblems – classic sailor references – on many pieces, including a women’s look of a leather jacket over a blue shirt that were both embroidered with these patches.

“The formal naval-inspired pieces are contrasted with a more rugged and free-spirited look appropriate to downtime on the docks,” said Belstaff’s Collection Creative Director Delphine Ninous on the brand’s Instagram, “This sense of temporary escapism is reflected in edgier elements such as naval tattoo designs and the Jolly Roger flag, giving a sense of rebellion and individuality.” Combining their men’s and women’s collections was certainly a success for Belstaff, creating a richer atmosphere and world around their AW17 lines.

View the collection below: