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Liv Tyler X Belstaff: Capsule Collection SS17
On Sunday 18th September, Liv Tyler unveiled her second capsule with Belstaff (this one for Spring Summer ’17) to the press, buyers and fashion insiders in neoclassical landmark Victoria House, Bloomsbury.
The collection captures the heady vibe of the English countryside at the end of the 1960s and the start of the 70s and the rock’n’roll characters that were drawn to it at the time. Shapes and silhouettes reference the free-spirited women who were such an important part of that scene, such as Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull and Patti Boyd.
Tyler explains “I wanted to tap into the spirit of those women at that time, combining it with my love of Belstaff’s military archive pieces, yet done in my way.” The result is a capsule that is at once strong, yet feminine and playful.
Liv Tyler with the models for the collection
The palette reflects the summer countryside - taking more than a cue from Liv’s break-out film ‘Stealing Beauty’ directed by Bernardo Bertolucci - rich with khaki, sand and washed-out denim hues, while a floral motif has been presented on a black background (in a silk jumpsuit, pussy-bow blouse and a bomber jacket) for an edgier aesthetic.
At the heart of the collections she has kept a soft tactility, from a buttery-soft, cropped, leather biker jacket with epaulettes (inspired by an early 70s racing blouson from Belstaff’s archive) to a beautiful sage-green suede suit made up of an A-line popper-fronted skirt and sartorial jacket.
Model wears the Alonby Trench
This symbiosis of femininity and structure play side by side throughout the collection, with the Alonby four-pocket fitted trench, which hints at Pallenberg’s inimitable style, and a cape-like coat from the Belstaff archive which has been reinvented in a lightweight cotton/linen blend adding to the feminine. Meanwhile the military influence enforces structure, with a four-pocket trench coat in olive and sand, and a cotton olive cape. Tyler’s love for the military touch, has seen military buttons featured on a striped knit and a cropped regalia jacket.
With a nod to one of her icons Katherine Hepburn, Tyler has provided a softer touch for Belstaff design, with a denim dress (it’s four pockets referencing Belstaff’s heritage outerwear) and matching wide-leg cropped jeans. A fresh yet bold polka-dot patterned silk top and wide trousers carry the look.
Accessories have also made their way into the second collection with the hugely popular Amira bag from Belstaff & Liv AW16 making a comeback. It’s been reproposed in a new material (a soft suede) and other colours (cognac in the large size and military green in the baby version). The flat Hanlon sandal in the same materials with studding completes the look designed to complete the look.