Thursday, September 20, 2012
One of the most exciting shows I attended during fashion week was Belstaff. The Spring 2013 show was their first runway presentation since Martin Cooper has taken over as designer and it didn't disappoint. The muted tones were a welcome respite after all the color elsewhere that week. There were definitely hints to the motorcycle jackets the company is known for but they were reinterpreted into buttery soft perforated leathers and smaller hardware details. If you can't wear the short shorts, you can always pick up one of the new bags or the platform sandals that I know many already have their eye on for spring. It was a sophisticated and sexy show without being in your face and I am anxious to see the line evolve. I actually sat next to new owner Harry Slatkin who was standing at his own show. He was very excited to dust off this old brand and give it new life. He also let me know that the new Madison Avenue Belstaff store had quietly opened that same day. It was designed by Bill Sofield who also designs stores for Tom Ford. Needless to say, the store is as chic as the clothes. Happy Shopping.
814 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
The front row at Belstaff included Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, John Demsey of Estee Lauder and Hamish Boweles of Vogue.
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic