Belstaff took over the crypt of deconsecrated church One Marylebone, on the edge of London’s Regent’s Park to present the latest womenswear collection prepared for the fall winter 2016 season during the London Fashion Week. Belstaff’s special guest was female polar pioneer Christina Franco – one of the only five women to embark on a sole expedition to the North Pole.
Women’s design team find the inspiration in Edith “Jackie” Ronne’s great expedition of 1947. She was the first woman to be a working member of an Antarctic expedition. The collection is a a mix of polar and moto inspirations. Motocross leather pants, fur-lined parkas, embroidered jackets and patchworks of wools and skins bring richness to the collection.
“We were inspired by female pioneers venturing into the earth’s most bleak and hard-to-reach locations in the most challenging of conditions,” explains VP of Women’s Design, Delphine Ninous. “Protection from the elements, warmth and comfort are key themes, as are the stylistic influences derived from these lands and the animals and people that inhabit them.”