Belstaff have been putting the adventure in to the shows in recent seasons and this was no different. A trip way up north to the polar ice cap was the destination this time and each model was appropriately outfitted. Belstaff staples were updated for the trip; traditional motorcycle jackets had fur trim hoods or were down filled, shearlings were thick and heavyweight and the gloves were fingerless. The palette was almost entirely monochrome apart from singular tan and khaki pieces. The knitted roll neck, currently ubiquitous, was layered underneath the outerwear.
In keeping with a theme of appropriate preparation it was possible to pre-order some pieces from the collection the presentation happened, a move that will become increasingly popular in future seasons.
Nigel Cabourn was once again, Nigel Cabourn. The outerwear was to die for, especially an overcoat in a faint check that was made in an exclusive waxed Harris Tweed made specifically for Nigel Cabourn, by Nigel Cabourn. The Lybro collection also continued with a strong and literal workwear influence. The Lybro line collection has been off the shelf for three seasons but has only just realised it's potential. 25 pieces are there in the collection for AW16 for the first time and the looks are a high fidelity rendering of factory workers uniforms.
Christopher Raeburn this season delivered what he always promises to; the coats were technical and military inspired. The collection was inspired by Mongolia so knits were thick and chunky and the boots were reminiscent of snow boots. The finale was rounded out by a sniper's ghillie suit but the recurring theme was the rain camo that adorned it. As well as on the ghillie suit it came subtly on denim and loud and contrasted on sweatshirts.
Harry Stedman was showing at the Showspace in Victoria House and had updated their core collection for the season. An epic leather jacket was styled with a handkerchief upon which was printed a map of Liverpool that was annotated with the places that Harry would have frequented. The ventile Mac had received an update with a lining and extra details and the varsity bombers came in new colours.
All photography of the Belstaff presentation by Nick Harvey.