Belstaff made their name on waxed cotton jackets since opening up shop in 1924–but in the past several seasons creative director Martin Cooper has seemed keen to leave that heritage behind, perhaps in an effort to establish the brand’s fashion cred.
For fall 2013, however, Cooper seemed ready to go back to the brand’s roots: The first 10 or so looks out on the runway featured variations on the waxed cotton jacket that made the brand famous. Later came similarly-utilitarian styles done up in supple leather.
But it wasn’t all about jackets: The expertly-tailored leather pants, and flippy leather skirts were some of my favorite pieces. The knee-high boots, and shearling-lined booties, also established a strong footing in the accessories department for the brand.
All in all, it was a collection that took the brand a step forward–without forgetting about its roots.